NEWS: No Progress and No Communication on Linchpin to a Comprehensive Fiscal Plan

Juneau – The members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC) have consistently insisted that any plan to address Alaska’s ongoing fiscal crisis be comprehensive in nature and include reform to our flawed oil and gas subsidy system that is costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars. House Bill 247 remains the linchpin to a successful fiscal plan, yet the Conference Committee has not met during the 4th Special Session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. House Resources Committee member Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) represents the AIDC on the Conference Committee and is the only member of the conference committee that originally voted yes on the compromise House bill that passed with bipartisan support.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Day 90 With no Budget Deal: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Ninety days have passed, and the legislature is now in overtime. Republican leadership has failed to work out a deal and the House Independent Democratic Coalition expect them to request a special session. There have been some good things to pass so far, but there is still work that is being held up by leadership. Here’s an update on the good, the bad and the ugly as we roll over into an extended session. As always, if you have any questions on a certain piece of legislation, please contact my office at (907) 456-7423.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Shadowy Political Operatives Targeting Legislators?

Alaska is facing a massive budget deficit. The best way to address it is by working calmly and collaboratively, across party lines, to come to a bi-partisan solution. As the start of the legislative session approached, some of us learned that some Outside national political operatives have been hired– it appears quite clear – to monitor and eventually campaign against legislators who don’t do what they want on a fiscal plan. Having folks like that involved in your legislative process is too shadowy for my likes.

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Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: End of the 3rd Special Session

After 12 days of Legislative hearings featuring presentations from the Governor’s cabinet, industry representatives, and state experts, the legislature voted to save money by severing our relationship with TransCanada for the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas Project.

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Rep. Gara’s Newsletter: Special “Gas Line Floor Speech Explains Last Week’s Special Session” Edition

At the beginning of the recent 12-day Special Session I wrote to explain why the bill we were asked to decide was too simple to keep us down in Juneau die long. It took some legislators longer than I had hoped, but the gas line bill ultimately passed 55-3.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Conclusion of Special Session

The third special session has concluded and the Legislature has voted to buy out TransCanada from the AK LNG project. The time spent in Juneau was informative both about gasline issues and about the long-term fiscal plan for the State. I hope everyone has a great weekend and stays safe on the icy roads!

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: End of the Third Special Session

Yesterday the House voted on and passed SB3001, the buyout of TransCanada, by a vote of 39-0. The legislation now goes to the Governor for his signature. The third special session lasted 12 days and featured numerous presentations from the Governor’s cabinet, industry representatives, and state experts. In the end, both the House and the Senate agreed to the Governor’s request for $160 million to increase Alaska’s ownership of the AKLNG project.

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