NEWS: House Moves to Prevent Government Shutdown with Passage of Combined Operating and Capital Budgets

Juneau – Tonight, to avoid a government shutdown at the beginning of the month, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a combined Capital and Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The House budgets reverse the Senate’s $69 million cut to K-12 education and most of the cut to the University of Alaska. Additionally, the Capital Budget restored the full amount of expected Permanent Fund Dividends, which will be paid in the fall to eligible Alaskans.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s May 26th Newsletter: Special Session, Quick Survey and Memorial Day Events

On May 18, Governor Walker called the Legislature into a special session the day after the 121st Constitutional legislative session. Below are the 8 items on the agenda for the 30-day special session, which must end on June 16, along with a brief status update and links to more information:

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Day 90 Update on Fiscal Plan & Personal Bills

Here we are! Easter Day is the last day of the regular session and legislators are preparing for the 30-day extension under the State Constitution. As I’ve said all session, I respect the will of the voters when they passed the initiative in 2006 to establish a 90-day legislative session. Given the time and the reluctance of the Senate to work on a full deficit reduction plan, it looks like we will get what the Senate wanted from the beginning – Overtime in Juneau!

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