Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Oil & Gas Tax Revision Moves Forward

On Monday, the House Resources Committee passed out legislation to revise Alaska’s oil & gas taxes after only a handful of hearings. As I wrote in my February 11 newsletter, I oppose these changes. In this newsletter, I’ll give you an outline of the bill. I’ll also share a short news article from one of my colleagues, Representative Scott Kawasaki, who sits on the House Resources Committee.

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Newsletter from Rep. Lindsey Holmes: Please Join Me at the West Anchorage Constituent Pizza Party; YEP is Hiring;

Senator Hollis French, Representative Mike Doogan and I will be hosting our Annual Pizza Party for West Anchorage* residents on Saturday, March 12, from 1:00-3:00 PM at Romig Middle School, 2500 Minnesota Drive. There will be pizza, refreshments and entertainment for the kids. Bring the whole family! All three of us will be there to find out what is on your mind. This is a great chance to chat in an informal and fun setting. Come join us for some pizza and make sure we head into the last month of this year’s legislative session with a good understanding of your priorities. I really hope I see you there.

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Berta’s Briefings from Rep. Gardner: Reflections on my Kensington Mine Visit

One of the things I enjoy very much about being a legislator is the opportunity it gives me to go out and see firsthand what’s going on around our beautiful state. Last week several of us visited the Kensington Gold Mine located near Juneau. We set out early in the morning driving toward the end of the road; then taking a boat through the clear water of the Lynn Canal to the mining site.

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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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