Rep. LeDoux’s July 28th Newsletter: Capital Budget, Adjournment, and Gabbing with Gabby

Yesterday, the legislature called itself into session, quickly passed the capital budget, and adjourned. I will go into detail on the capital budget and talk about my vote on it in a forthcoming e-newsletter, but I mostly wanted to remind you about our first “Gabbing with Gabby” of this year.

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Rep. Claman’s July 28th Newsletter: Capital Budget and Spenard Road Reconstruction

Yesterday, the legislature approved a capital budget compromise that ensures Alaska will continue to receive federal funding for road repairs, bridge upgrades, school facilities, and vital infrastructure projects that keep Alaskans working. Passage of the capital budget will allow the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities to move forward on construction projects this summer without delay, remove uncertainty for contractors looking to submit bids, and create better job security in the construction industry.

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Rep. Tarr’s July 20th Newsletter: Negotiating a Compromise to End Cash Payments to Oil Companies & Russian Jack Picnic

I’m pleased to write this after having worked hard to negotiate a compromise bill to end oil and gas cash subsidy payments. When asked about these subsidies in a recent budget survey, 93% of respondents in our area said they needed to end. I listened and worked with my colleagues, and as the Chair of the Conference Committee on HB 111, to make that a reality.

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Rep. Claman’s July 17th Newsletter: Legislature Reaches Compromise on Oil & Gas Subsidy Reform

On Saturday, July 15, the legislature agreed to a compromise version of House Bill 111, the bill that eliminated oil and gas cash subsidies. On June 30, the Governor signed the FY18 operating budget. With an operating budget approved before the start of the new fiscal year, the legislature still has more work to do for a long-term solution.

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Rep. Claman’s June 20th Newsletter: Second Special Session

On June 16, the legislature adjourned the first special session without a fiscal plan compromise to address Alaska’s financial challenges. The Governor immediately called another special session. Like many in our community, I am disappointed that the Senate refused to join with the House and agree to a compromise plan that responsibly addresses our financial challenges.

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Rep. Claman’s June 9th Newsletter: The Path to Deficit Reduction

The Governor recently suggested an approach to Alaska’s financial challenges that uses parts of the House and Senate budget plans. One element of his proposal is a school head tax. The main question Alaskans are asking is how to reduce the deficit in the future.

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