Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: End of the Second Special Session

As we try to work together to solve our challenges at home, we are saddened by another senseless attack, this time on Thursday evening in Nice, just one week after the attack on police officers in Dallas.
My heart goes out to all whose family and loved ones were killed or injured. Our thoughts are with the people of France and the people of Dallas.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Governor’s Vetoes and Upcoming Special Session

Last week, Governor Walker used his line-item veto to cut $1.29 billion from the state budget. His vetoes include reductions in state spending, oil and gas tax credits, and the 2016 Permanent Fund Dividend.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: End of the First Special Session

Saturday evening, the legislature adjourned the first special session without approving any revenue measures to help close Alaska’s $4 billion deficit. On Sunday, Governor Walker called the legislature back to address Alaska’s financial challenges at a second special session to start on July 11th.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: House Passes Oil and Gas Tax Bill; Senate Passes Permanent Fund Restructure

On Monday, the House approved a conference committee version of HB 247, an oil and gas tax reform bill that impacts how much progress we can make in trying to close Alaska’s deficit gap. Shortly after the House voted on oil taxes, the Senate approved a Permanent Fund restructuring bill.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Budget Compromise Means More Work to Do

This week, the legislature passed a statewide operating budget and a capital budget. Passing this budget compromise means the state has avoided sending lay-off notices to state employees. Although passing the budget is a step in the right direction, the legislature has not adopted a long-term solution to Alaska’s financial challenges. There is more work to be done to implement a responsible action plan for Alaska.

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NEWS: Democrats in Senate and House Call for Veterans Administration to Send Appeal Panel to Alaska

JUNEAU — Today, members of the Alaska Senate Democrats and the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition sent a letter to Laura Eskenazi, the Vice Chairman and Executive in Charge of the Board of Veterans Appeals, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, requesting immediate in-person proceedings in Alaska by the Board of Veterans Appeals.

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