Rep. Stutes’ October 26th Newsletter: Pink Salmon Disaster Relief Funding

I know that many commercial fishermen, residents, and businesses in my district were deeply affected by disastrous pink salmon returns in 2016. Pink salmon fishing is the mainstay of our seine fleet and the effect on families and the economy was devastating. I want to provide an update of where we are in the process of securing funding from the Federal Government for hard-working fishermen.

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Rep. Stutes’ October 24th Newsletter: Public Testimony Tonight on Efforts at Further Criminal Justice Reform

The fourth special session is off to a fast start and work is progressing on the SB 54, the revision to the omnibus crime bill. Public Safety is an ever-growing concern across the state and I wanted to make you aware of an opportunity to have your voice heard on the issue this evening.

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NEWS: Members of Coalition Leadership are Coming to Fairbanks for a Townhall

Fairbanks – The Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives will join Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) for a legislative townhall in Fairbanks on Sunday, October 8th. The townhall will also include Majority Whip Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) and House Resources Committee Co-Chair Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage).

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Rep. Stutes’ September 7th Newsletter: Letters from Louise

Governor Walker announced that he will be calling the legislature back into a fourth special session on October 23rd to address some form of new revenue. A special-session proclamation that outlines a specific agenda has not yet been issued, but there are existing pieces of legislation, as well as new proposals that may be included.

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Rep. Stutes’ August 6th Newsletter: Legislative Update

It has been a while since my last letter and I would like to update you on the legislature’s progress over the past two special sessions. This was a contentious year in Juneau and a difficult time for all Alaskans as uncertainty loomed in the form of a potential government shutdown, job losses, an economic recession, State credit-rating downgrades, and a reduction to PFDs. A potential income tax, the oil and gas tax restructuring, and other controversial solutions on the table added to the fervor of the debate.

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NEWS: Special Session Compromise; End Cash Credits Now

Anchorage – The Alaska House Majority Coalition has communicated a proposed compromise to the Alaska Senate Majority to address oil tax credit reform, which is the subject of the ongoing Second Special Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Coalition members support changes to House Bill 111 to end the practice of paying oil companies cash subsidies for certain tax credits. This is expected to save the State of Alaska an estimated $1.5 billion over the next ten years.

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