Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Positive Moves by the Legislature

The voter mandated last day of session (90 days) has come and gone and the Legislature is now in overtime. Although we worked past midnight on Sunday passing bills, the budget remains incomplete. The state still faces a $4.1 billion deficit and we need a responsible action plan for Alaska. Separate from major pieces of legislation, like the budget and revenue generating bills, several good pieces of legislation passed the House and Senate this session. As we continue discussions about the budget and a responsible action plan for Alaska, please feel free to contact my office at (907) 465-4919.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Improving Heath Care for Women and the Governor’s Income Tax Proposal

As we approach the 90th day of the legislative session, I’ll continue to keep you updated about legislative happenings in Juneau. Committees continue to consider the revenue bills as well as the proposals to restructure the Permanent Fund.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: PFD Application Reminder and More on the Budget

As the legislative session continues, I am committed to keeping you updated on efforts to address Alaska’s fiscal challenges. The House Finance Committee is considering House Bill 249, which will raise motor fuel tax rates on vehicles, vessels, and aircraft. HB 249 is one of nine different revenue proposals recommended by the Walker-Mallott administration as part of its “complete solution to our fiscal situation.”

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EVENT: Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Press Availability on Tuesday

Juneau – The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC) will hold a press availability Tuesday featuring Representatives Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan), and Matt Claman (D-Anchorage).

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Criminal Justice Reform and the Upcoming Municipal Election

We are all saddened by the senseless injury and loss of life in the terrorist bombings on Tuesday morning in Brussels. My heart goes out to all whose family and loved ones were killed or injured by the horrendous attacks. Our thoughts are with the people of Belgium.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Cash Flow Restructuring Models

Now that the House and Senate have both passed an operating budget, the next question is “How do we fund state government?” We did not look at cost savings and revenue generation at the same time, which means we have a lot of work to do with only 30 days left in the session. West Anchorage constituents have told me that we can’t kick the can down the road and hope that the price of oil goes up. We need a responsible action plan for Alaska—and we need it this year.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: House Passes Operating Budget

The House debated the budget until early this morning, which finally passed around 3am. The House consider several amendments, which included additional cost savings as well as funding for programs benefitting seniors, early childhood education, and public safety.

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