Rep. Drummond’s Newsletter: Special Session Update

After negotiating over the Memorial Day weekend, the Legislature passed a $4.6 billion operating budget. This is a reduction of $500 million from last year. We also passed one of the smallest capital budgets in state history. Nearly $3.2 billion comes from the Constitutional Budget Reserve, the state’s savings account. The session now can be laser-focused on a fiscal plan, before our savings are depleted.

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Rep. Spohnholz’s Newsletter: Special Session Update

On Tuesday, the legislature passed a compromise budget package funded by the Constitutional Budget Reserve as is needed. This budget compromise is far from perfect, as are many compromises, but it allows us to keep Alaska open for business so that the fishing, tourism and business communities can continue to operate during the summer. The budget compromise ensures that we don’t face a crippling government shut down which would further damage the State of Alaska’s credit rating and hurt the thousands of Alaskan state employees and those who count on their essential efforts. In this special session update, I will describe these budgets generally as well as what is next in the special session.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: Southeast Spotlight: budget passed and work ahead

We are now on day 11 of the special session, and the legislature has seen some activity, but there is still work to be done. Read on for an update on the operating budget, fiscal planning, and a heads-up on the upcoming interim.

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Rep. Spohnholz’s Newsletter: The Special Session

Last week on Wednesday, the legislature adjourned without passing a responsible fiscal plan for Alaska. As the newest member of the Alaska State Legislature, I was extremely disappointed that we were not able to balance the budget even after the session was extended. There is no more important responsibility of the Legislature than to make sure that we honor our responsibility to the people of Alaska by passing a responsible budget. However, we have another chance to get the job done.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Community Meeting TONIGHT

Today, Tuesday May 17, 2016, the Goldstream Valley Watershed Project will host a community meeting at the Ken Kunkel Community Center. I’m working in Juneau for the extended session, but my staff will be there to listen to your concerns.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Congratulations Graduates!

This week students, friends, and families all across Anchorage are coming together to celebrate high school graduation. Congratulations to all of Alaska’s high school graduates and best wishes on all of your future endeavors!

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Extended Session Update

On Sunday, the legislature will be 14 days into the extended legislative session and we have not reached an agreement about revenue and expenses for a state budget. The House will be considering the Criminal Justice Reform bill early next week. As the session continues, I will continue my work for a responsible action plan for Alaska.

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