Rep. Scott Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Budget Alert, More Questions than Answers, Defending Pre-K, Advice Time for the Budget

The House Resources Committee passed Governor Parnell’s bill to give away around $2 billion of Alaska’s oil wealth each year back to big oil. I was disappointed by the Committee’s action to move the bill despite many unanswered questions. We have not heard any real evidence; the only thing the committee has heard was “anecdotal evidence”, “industry input” and “personal opinions” from administration.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Operating Budget Testimony Scheduled

This week, the House has been focused on “closing out” the House Finance Budge Subcommittees. For a refresher on the budget process, check out my December 30 newsletter. Now the work done by the subcommittees will come back to the full Finance Committee. You have the opportunity to testify on the budget on Tuesday, March 1. For more information, see article below.

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Rep. Bob Miller’s Newsletter: Session Video Update, Energy, Subcommittees, HJR8: Frankenfish

Thank you to everyone that came out for our District get together. It is good to see so many people involved with their state government. I cannot stress enough the importance of activism, those that give input and are active truly do set the direction of this state government. My number is to the right or respond to this email with even a short message.

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Berta’s Briefings from Rep. Gardner: The Big Debate on Oil Taxes

Yesterday a constituent called to ask why my most recent newsletter did not mention the oil and gas tax debate, the single most important issue before the legislature. I told him that I actually think about little else and I know that if we don’t get this one right, we might as well forget about the rest of state government because the Alaska we know and love will just dry up and go away.

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Rep. Mike Doogan in Juneau: SPECIAL NUMBERS ARE HARD EDITION

I’ve been closing out the state operating budget all week. If that sounds like I’ve been performing some vital and important function, I haven’t. I’ve been working on a small part of the long and complicated process that produces a budget every year. Without it, there’d be no public schools for your kids, no police to round up miscreants and no guards to keep them inside.

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