I will be home in Anchorage the next two weekends for meetings of the Anchorage Caucus, of which I am a co-chair. In addition to the public hearing scheduled for Saturday March 26th from 10am to 1pm at the Assembly Chambers in the Loussac Library, we have added a second meeting on Saturday March 19 from 10 am to noon in the same location. The Anchorage Caucus consists of all of the legislators representing the Anchorage area so these will be great opportunities to share your ideas and concerns with the Anchorage delegation.Read more
My heart goes out to the victims of the horrific earthquake in Japan this morning. It reminded me of being in second grade and watching the ground literally move in waves during the 1964 earthquake that devastated Alaska. I will be watching for ways to help.
Last week, the Anchorage Daily News ran my compass piece on the gasline and why I believe we shouldn’t change course now. I wanted to be sure to share that with you in case you missed it.Read more
I will be coming home to Anchorage this weekend with Senator Hollis French and Representative Mike Doogan for our annual constituent pizza party at Romig Middle School.Read more
This week I wanted to send out a quick update on the Operating Budget that passed the House this week. The Operating Budget will now be passed to the Senate for their amendments.
In reaction to the devastating events in Japan we are all sending our thoughts and wishes to those across the ocean. Please check out the section on what do to in an earthquake.Read more
We moved the state operating budget out of the powerful House Finance Committee, across the House floor and on to the Senate this week. The budget is a 79-page monster costing about $8.9 billion. At least that’s how it left the House. Budgets never get smaller, however. They only grow. So there’s no telling how much bigger it will get in the Senate, then in conference committee. But unless a meteor wipes out the Prudhoe Bay oil fields, we can probably afford it.Read more
Our airwaves are filled with stark commercials threatening the end of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) unless we cut Alaska’s share of oil taxes. In the State Legislature, the discussion is all about Governor Parnell’s proposal (HB 110) to cut oil taxes by more than $2 billion per year in a bid to get more oil in the pipeline.Read more
I returned Sunday night from my trip to the Energy Council. The four days spent in Washington were filled with non-stop meetings and seminars throughout the day. I travelled with three fellow House Democrats and a dozen House Republicans for meetings about Alaska. Meetings included visiting our Congressional Delegation and members of the Senate Energy Committee, the EPA and the Department of Interior.Read more
How about those Nanooks! The UAF Nanook Hockey Team brought home the 2011 Governor’s Cup. Congratulations! Here in Juneau the House Finance Committee has kept me busy with the Operating Budget and other legislation.Read more