Note from Rep. Gara: Good & Less Good Budget News; Que$tions Arising on Guv’s Oil Tax Rollback Bill; Anchorage Public Meetings Next Two Saturdays

Things are happening at a furious pace here. Actually, I just wanted to write that because I think “furious pace” sounds impressive. Please picture me with rolled up sleeves moving around furiously, even though I’d feel weird about doing that. I’ve never been big about rolling up work shirt sleeves.

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The Petersen Report: News from the Capitol – Anchorage Caucus Meetings Coming Up; Energy Committee Hears Important Energy Bill; Bills on the Move

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.

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Rep. Beth Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Gasline Compass Piece and Budget Update

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.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Legislative Report: Operating Budget Passes the House; Earthquake Planning;

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.

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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.

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