This week, U.S. Senators for Alaska are returning to the 49th state to speak directly to constituents. On Monday afternoon, I spoke with Senator Mark Begich about a number of issues that impact the Upper Valley as well as the upcoming mid-term election.
First, Senator Begich discussed flood insurance. The issue has gained national attention after Hurricane Katrina, Super Storm Sandy, and other recent flooding events. In Alaska, floods in the Mat-Su, Galena, and the Kenai Peninsula have brought the issue closer to home. Last week, the Senate approved a bill that would limit flood insurance premium increases in areas newly classified as flood zones. A previous bill that did not get voted on would have stopped rate increases for four years. Senator Begich supported both measures. (more…)