Rep. Seaton’s June 26th Newsletter

Greetings from Juneau. Late Thursday evening, the legislature was able to pass an operating budget to avoid a government shutdown. The budget includes several compromises between the House and Senate versions; the final version cuts $128.7 million in unrestricted general fund spending from last year’s budget. The House held strong on the commitment to fully fund K-12 education and pupil transportation.

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Rep. Spohnholz’s June 23rd Newsletter: We did it! We passed an Operating Budget!

After five month of challenging work, the House and Senate passed the Operating budget late last night. This budget is not one that I am celebrating—it’s an austerity budget—but it ensures that we avert a possible government shut down and protects K-12 and pre-K education.

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Speaker Edgmon’s June 23rd Newsletter: House and Senate Pass Compromise Budget, Preventing Government Shutdown

Last night, both the House and the Senate agreed on a package of funding compromises for the Operating Budget following weeks of negotiations. The primary catalyst for the success of our recent talks was lawmakers’ shared determination to avoid the government shutdown That would have occurred if we had failed to pass the budget by July 1st.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s June 23rd Newsletter: Government Shutdown Averted in Compromise Budget

Late last night, the Alaska State House passed a compromise operating budget with a bipartisan vote of 31 to 8. This budget is not ideal, but it is necessary to prevent a government shutdown on July 1 that would have devastated the economy and create unnecessary uncertainty for all Alaskans, visitors and businesses.

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NEWS: Budget Compromise Achieved, Government Shutdown Averted

Juneau – Tonight, to avert the looming government shutdown, the Alaska State Legislature passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget. The compromise budget totals $4.1 billion in Unrestricted General Fund (UGF) spending and sets this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend at $1,100. The K-12 Base Student Allocation (BSA) will be fully funded at $1.2 billion, the same level of funding as the current year. This reverses the $69 million cut to education advanced by the Alaska Senate. 

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Rep. Tarr’s June 22nd Newsletter: Compromise: What’s acceptable to you?

I hope you enjoyed Summer Solstice! We are in the second special session now, having not passed an operating budget during the first special session. Without a budget, state government shuts down on July 1. To me, this is an unacceptable outcome and I am pushing for a compromise.

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Rep. Seaton’s June 17th Newsletter

Good morning on this the 2nd day of the second special session. Last Thursday evening, the House passed a combined capital and operating budget in an attempt to avoid a government shutdown. Combining the two budgets was unusual, but we were running out of time in the first special session to pass the capital budget and we had not yet negotiated a successful operating budget compromise.

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