Rep Edgmon April 6th Newsletter

While at this time of session we expect many differences between the House and Senate versions of the Operating Budget, there is already one major component of the bill that has been agreed on. Yesterday, Senate leaders indicated that they will uphold the $1600 amount for the FY19 PFD that the House included in its version of the budget. This is a $500 increase over the FY18 PFD. We hope this increase will benefit not only individual Alaskans but also the broader state economy.

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Speaker Bryce Edgmon’s News from Juneau: House Continues Lengthy Debate over Operating Budget

For four straight days (and counting) the House has been debating several dozen proposed amendments to the FY19 Operating Budget. By far the greater number of them were brought forward by the House Republican caucus, and a large percentage of them have targeted funding for pro-grams and services that, in my opinion, have already been cut to the bone in recent years.

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Rep. Edgmon’s Feb 23rd Legislative Update: House ADF&G Budget Focuses on Management for More Fishing

The budget process during session begins with a host of Finance Subcommittees each taking responsibility for a particular department and Governor Walker’s proposals for their funding. After weeks of combing through the department’s various divisions and their programs and services, the subcommittee can make recommendations of its own, through adoption of amendments to the governor’s funding plan. Once those recommendations are complete, the subcommittee “closes out”—forwarding a summary of its work to the full Finance Committee and then closing down for the year.

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Rep. Edgmon’s Feb 16th Legislative Update: Important Week at the Legislature for the Alaska Native Community

Today is Elizabeth Peratrovich Day—honoring the Southeast Tlingit equal-rights champion whose successes on behalf of Alaska Natives preceded the Lower-48 civil rights movement by a full decade. It’s only fitting, then, that we devote this this week’s newsletter to events marking past and present efforts and accomplish-ments by distinguished Alaska Native leaders.

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