Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: It feels like déjà vu around here…

I’m writing you from Juneau again, and it feels like déjà vu – we’re here past our 90 day limit again. In many ways I’m not surprised, as we’re talking about a lot of major issues this year: restructuring the Permanent Fund, income or sales taxes, reforming our oil tax credits, making significant changes to our Medicaid program, and an overhaul of our crime laws. I hoped we could finish in 90 days, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. I am committed to staying as long as it takes to craft a real solution, because we cannot afford to kick the can down the road another year. My goal has always been to support a long term, comprehensive fiscal solution, and I spoke about that at a press conference earlier this month.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: End of Session & Update on the Budget

A lot has happened over the last 7 days! While I wish I was writing you to say that we’ve completed our 90-day Session and will be heading home tomorrow, that is sadly not this case. As 5:00 p.m. rolls around there’s still a long list of bills to hear and vote for on the Floor, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be packing up and heading north tomorrow. Fortunately, several great things have happened during the unfinished Session:

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NEWS: Indigenous Peoples Day Legislation Passes House State Affairs Committee

Juneau — Today, the House State Affairs Committee passed legislation introduced by Representative Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) to designate Indigenous Peoples Day in Alaska. The bill now goes to the House Rules Committee to be scheduled for a vote on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Saturday’s Constituent Town Hall Meeting and In Loving Memory

Please join us this Saturday, February 20th from 4 – 5pm at West High (Room C252 in the new add-on building) for a constituent town hall meeting with Senator Costello, Greg Razo (Chair of the Criminal Justice Commission), and me!

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: House Focuses on Budget

The House voted this week to suspend non-budget related committee hearings. This move allows us to focus on budget topics. Budget subcommittee meetings have been extended and the House Finance Committee is meeting daily. Yesterday, the Finance Committee hosted a “Budget 101,” which is a helpful resource to understanding budget documents. I will keep you as informed as possible as we go through the next few weeks on opportunities for public testimony and other community events.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: 2016 Session Gets Underway

The second session of the 29th Alaska Legislature is underway and the building is full of activity. This year, the focus is on the state’s widening budget deficit – with the deficit estimated at more than $3.5 billion, we have our work cut out for us.

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Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: Session Update and Survey Results

Dear Neighbors,

The Legislature has kicked into high gear with the scheduled adjournment date of April 19 fast approaching. As is typical for this time of year, we have been attending daily floor sessions which often go late into the night.

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