NEWS: Legislation Filed to Respond to Climate Change in Alaska

Juneau – The Co-chairs of the House Resources Committee, Reps. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) and Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), have filed legislation to respond to climate change in Alaska. House Bill 173 would create a new commission made up of elected city and borough officials from across Alaska and several state department commissioners. A primary duty of the Climate Change Response Commission would be to assist rural communities and non-government organizations to secure funding to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. The Commission would also be tasked with seeking out grants and other forms of financing.

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NEWS: Legislation Naming Two State Ferries Passes the Alaska Legislature

Juneau – Legislation to officially name two new state ferries after the Alaska glaciers Tazlina and Hubbard passed the Alaska State Legislature today. Senate Bill 33 was introduced on behalf of Alaska Governor Bill Walker. Earlier today, the bill unanimously passed the Alaska House of Representatives after unanimous support in the Alaska Senate on February 27th.

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NEWS: Legislation Introduced to Help Fund Great Schools, Gifted Teachers, and Excellent Students

Juneau – Earlier today, Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) filed a bill that seeks to help fund public education in Alaska by reinstating a school tax on income earned in Alaska. Rep. Claman is hopeful that House Bill 146 will be part of a larger fiscal plan to protect the Alaska economy and the jobs of hard-working Alaskans.

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NEWS: Rep. Gara To File Oil Tax Fair Share Bill: Rock bottom 0% & 4% Tax Rates Harm Schools, Residents, Economy

Juneau – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) has released legislation to fix major flaws in Alaska’s oil tax system. The flaws are outlined in information provided to Rep. Gara by the Alaska Department of Revenue in response to detailed questions. The “Fair Share for Alaska Oil Act” supports Alaska’s North Slope oil producers while fairly raising revenue needed for schools, roads, and to help with Alaska’s budget deficit. The bill was filed today with the Chief Clerk.

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NEWS: New Oil Tax Reform Bill Addresses Flaws in Alaska’s Meager Oil Tax rates

Juneau – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) has released legislation to fix major flaws in Alaska’s oil tax system. The flaws are outlined in information provided to Rep. Gara by the Alaska Department of Revenue in response to detailed questions. The “Fair Share for Alaska Oil Act” supports Alaska’s North Slope oil producers while fairly raising revenue needed for schools, roads, and to help with Alaska’s budget deficit. The bill was filed today with the Chief Clerk and it is attached.

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