This week the House Finance Subcommittees closed out the various department budgets, sending their reports back to the full House Finance Committee for consideration as the Operating Budget.Read more
This week I was pleased to welcome Barbara (‘Wáahlaal Gidáak) Blake to my office team. Barbara brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Barbara worked for the Walker administration on fish and game, tribal affairs, and transboundary relations with Canada.Read more
The Capitol was abuzz this week regarding two presentations given to both the House Finance and Senate
Finance committees. You can view the presentation slides and video of the presentations on the House and
Senate Finance Committee pages.
This week, a long-standing goal of mine was realized when we formed the House Special Committee on Tribal Affairs. This is the first time the Alaska Legislature has ever had a committee focused on tribal issues, and it could not come at a better time. As our state faces the most severe budget cuts any Governor has ever proposed, the opportunities for leveraging tribes’ unique government to government relationship with the US Federal Government offer exciting and potentially crucial means of meeting the health, safety, and education needs of rural Alaska communities.Read more
Last week I joined with Representatives from across the political spectrum to form a 25-member House Majority organization. In an effort to set aside partisan differences and bring together a coalition capable of passing a responsible budget, I dropped my party affiliation and was elected Speaker of the House. Our organization includes….Read more
Rural legislators have a long history of working with members of both political parties in the interest of good governance. We are driven by a long-term commitment to the success and best interests of the state, not political ideology or national parties. I hope we can form a strong majority made up of members from all parties that represents the best interests of all Alaskans.Read more
Nondalton – Tuesday, in the community of Nondalton, near Lake Clark, Governor Bill Walker signed House Bill 267, which gives municipalities that levy taxes on guided hunting and sport fishing access to records that businesses submit to state agencies. HB 267 will allow local governments to confirm that hunting and fishing activities subject to taxes within their jurisdictions are being accurately reported.Read more
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
For many years I have been grateful to work for House District 37 as your repre-sentative, and for the past two years it has been my honor to serves as the first ever Alaska Native Speaker of the House. During this time, the bi-partisan Alaska House Majority Coalition I lead has worked steadfastly on behalf of rural and urban Alas-kans alike.