The Budget Subcommittee Process has Begun

Earlier this month, the House Finance Committee began having subcommittee meetings. Each Finance Subcommittee is responsible for taking a close look at a particular department budget. I am the Chair of the Education, Fish & Game, and Environmental Conservation Finance Subcommittees, which means I lead the budget discussions for each of these departments. The subcommittee process will end in a little less than two weeks, and from there, each agency budget will be heard in the full Finance Committee meetings.

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Governor’s Budget Out Tomorrow

With a split of 20-20, the House still has failed to organize. Although I am frustrated with the current standstill, it is not because of apathy or lack of trying. Every day, House members meet for hours to negotiate. There are dozens of ideas floating around, and I am only one member of 40, each with their own agenda. As the sole Independent in the legislature, I am working with a variety of people every day to build a majority that values similar priorities to Southern Southeast. I ask for your continued patience so that I can put District 36 in the best position this legislative session.

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Session is Underway: Finance Overviews, a Supplemental Budget, and News Back Home

Legislative Session is underway! Although the House has been slow to organize, we are still doing finance overviews in preparation for the Governor’s Amended Budget, which will be published no later that February 13th. The Senate is also holding similar informational meetings, usually with presentations from a variety of State Departments. If you would like to watch these meetings or read the associated documents, check out AK Leg: Meetings.

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