Rep. Doogan in Juneau: SPECIAL BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE $10 BILLION EDITION

I have started to try to get support for my bill to put $10 billion into the Alaska Permanent Fund. The bill is in the Powerful House Finance Committee, of which I am an insignificant member. I haven’t asked for a hearing yet; I want all the members of the House to have a chance to think about it first.

The bill has about the same chance to pass as a snowflake in Hades. There are many bills that offer us the chance to spend, spend, spend. Since spending is much more popular than saving – particularly in an election year – you can write your own script for poor House Bill 194. It won’t have a happy ending. But I’ll give you my pitch anyway.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Almost Budget Time; Possible USPS Closing on Bases; APRIL Luncheon

The interim is flying by and my office has been busy preparing for the next ‘budget season.’ Last year, the Fall Forecast was released in late November and I anticipate a similar schedule this year, with the Governor’s Budget planned to be released sometime in early December. Every year my office fields hundreds of requests for projects requesting the aid of the state government. As we review district transportation needs, school construction and community and citizen projects, my priorities will be to improve the quality of life in Fairbanks. I will discuss more over the next few weeks on how to sort through the community needs and wants, while being frugal with our state budget and living within our means. Please feel free to send me your budget suggestions and comments.

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Rep. Doogan in Juneau: SPECIAL JUST GIVE THEM ALL THE MONEY EDITION

SPECIAL JUST GIVE THEM ALL THE MONEY EDITION

Oil Industry Give-Backs, Part 2
I’ve been spending time with my colleagues in the powerful House Finance Committee.
Lots of time.
We are closing in on two weeks of hearings on Gov. Sean Parnell’s bill to give another $2 billion a year to the oil companies – HB 110.
What we’ve learned so far is this: the oil companies really, really, really, really – I mean, really – want the money. And Parnell wants to give it to them.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Good & Less Good Budget News; Que$tions Arising on Guv’s Oil Tax Rollback Bill; Anchorage Public Meetings Next Two Saturdays

Things are happening at a furious pace here. Actually, I just wanted to write that because I think “furious pace” sounds impressive. Please picture me with rolled up sleeves moving around furiously, even though I’d feel weird about doing that. I’ve never been big about rolling up work shirt sleeves.

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Rep. Mike Doogan in Juneau: SPECIAL EXPAND-O-MATIC BUDGETS EDITION

We moved the state operating budget out of the powerful House Finance Committee, across the House floor and on to the Senate this week. The budget is a 79-page monster costing about $8.9 billion. At least that’s how it left the House. Budgets never get smaller, however. They only grow. So there’s no telling how much bigger it will get in the Senate, then in conference committee. But unless a meteor wipes out the Prudhoe Bay oil fields, we can probably afford it.

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Rep. Scott Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Budget Alert, More Questions than Answers, Defending Pre-K, Advice Time for the Budget

The House Resources Committee passed Governor Parnell’s bill to give away around $2 billion of Alaska’s oil wealth each year back to big oil. I was disappointed by the Committee’s action to move the bill despite many unanswered questions. We have not heard any real evidence; the only thing the committee has heard was “anecdotal evidence”, “industry input” and “personal opinions” from administration.

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Rep. Mike Doogan in Juneau: SPECIAL NUMBERS ARE HARD EDITION

I’ve been closing out the state operating budget all week. If that sounds like I’ve been performing some vital and important function, I haven’t. I’ve been working on a small part of the long and complicated process that produces a budget every year. Without it, there’d be no public schools for your kids, no police to round up miscreants and no guards to keep them inside.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Governor’s Budget Released

The governor has released his proposed version of the budget for Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12), which runs from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. Now it’s the Legislature’s turn to review and reshape the FY12 budget.

In this newsletter, I’ll highlight some items in the governor’s proposed capital budget that might be of interest to Juneauites. I’ll also talk about the budgeting process and give you some resources that are available to help you keep track.

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