Day - May 18, 2017

Rep. Bryce Edgmon

Speaker Edgmon’s May 18th Newsletter: 121-Day Session Ends without Budget; Governor Calls Special Session

Immediately after the House and Senate adjourned on Wednesday night, Governor Walker issued a proclamation for a 30-day special session that began at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. Because the Legislature has not yet passed the Operating and Mental Health Budgets, and with no agreement reached on a fiscal plan to address our deficit of between $2.5 and $3 billion, and because there was not the three-quarters vote necessary for the Legislature itself to extend the session, the governor had no choice.

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Rep. Wool Newsletter

Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Governor Calls Special Session May 18th

The extended legislative session is over and the House and Senate failed to agree on a fiscal plan. The Senate majority thinks the state should close most of the $2.5 billion deficit this year with a combination of spending cuts to education and using the Permanent Fund's investment earnings. To close the remaining deficit of about $500 million, the Senate is putting faith in a “drain and pray” plan: drain state savings and pray for higher oil prices or a large production increase. I think this is a very dangerous and irresponsible bet to make.

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House Majority Coalition

NEWS: Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Availability This Morning

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability this morning to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Participants will include Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), House Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), House Rules Committee Chair Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage), and House Finance Committee Co-chair Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer).

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