Week one of Alaska’s 30th State Legislature is officially in the books! The election of Rep. Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham as the first Alaska Native Speaker of the House and passing the torch to the new Alaska House Majority Coalition went honored to be sworn in by Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott with my friends and colleagues Geran Tarr, Les Gara and Andy Josephson. We spontaneously engaged in a group hug after taking the oath of office!See More
After negotiating over the Memorial Day weekend, the Legislature passed a $4.6 billion operating budget. This is a reduction of $500 million from last year. We also passed one of the smallest capital budgets in state history. Nearly $3.2 billion comes from the Constitutional Budget Reserve, the state’s savings account. The session now can be laser-focused on a fiscal plan, before our savings are depleted.See More
Ninety days have passed, and the legislature is now in overtime. While there has been lots of work on a number of policy bills there is yet to be a significant proposal put forward for how to resolve our budget crisis — and restructure our state's spending and revenue balance.See More
Rep. Drummond’s Newsletter: Opportunity to Testify on the state budget in the House Finance Committee!
If you are in Anchorage you can testify to the House Finance Committee on the state budget tomorrow 1:00-4:30pm. Yesterday the committee heard from Juneau residents, and they are working their way around the state. Tomorrow is Anchorage’s turn.See More
Closeouts? This is the part of the budget process when the Finance subcommittees finalize their changes to the budget Governor Walker submitted. This process can get a little squirrely, and there is ample opportunity for the chair of the subcommittee to amend the governor's budget to include pretty sweeping cuts. After the subcommittees meet, they add to and subtract from the governor's budget, they then amend their recommendations and send them on to the full House Finance Committee. This is the Legislature's first step in passing a budget, and I am already pretty concerned with what I see.See More
Why did the chicken cross Spenard Road? It didn’t. It would have died. Spenard Road has long been a frustration for many people in our district. Trying to turn on to 27th Avenue to get to Bear Tooth can be a downright nightmare at times. Plans for reconstruction have been in the works for decades. It began as a traffic and safety project in 1999 and has been a long and often arduous process ever since. That is finally about to change.See More