Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Governor’s Give Away

Guv’s Oil & Gas Tax Bill is Bad for Alaska

It seems like every year, the Legislature is largely consumed with oil and gas taxes. There’s a very good reason for that – those taxes provide for over 90% of Alaska’s general fund. This year is no exception. The governor has once again introduced legislation to give away our resources.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Newsletter: Alaskan Waters Threatened by Initiative Roll-Back

My first session in the Legislature, I introduced legislation to protect our Alaskan waters from harmful and toxic cruise ship waste. Although it was not my legislation that eventually passed, I am proud to have been part of the effort to establish ground-breaking standards for cruise ship discharge.

Keeping Alaskan waters pristine is essential to protecting the thriving industries that rely on our oceans, including fisheries and tourism, and our Alaskan way of life.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Newsletter: Celebrating the Beginning of Session

The beginning of session is a busy but exciting time. I’m looking forward to representing Juneau, Petersburg, Skagway, Gustavus, Tenakee Springs, Krupreanof, Excursion Inlet and Hobart Bay in the 28th Alaska State Legislature. Here are some pictures from yesterday, which was the first day of session.

I always enjoy hearing from you, so please stop by the office when you’re in downtown Juneau or call, write or email.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Newsletter: Oil & Gas Taxes: Give Oil Companies the Right Incentives

One of the most important things the Legislature deals with is taxes
for oil and gas. The reason it’s so important is because approximately 80 to 90 percent of the State of Alaska’s general fund revenues come from these taxes. That means oil and gas revenues are responsible for funding schools, building roads and all the other things the government does for Alaskans.

This week, the Anchorage Daily News ran an opinion piece I wrote describing why it’s a bad idea to change our current structure.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau News: In Your Mailbox – Electronic Version of the Annual Print Newsletter

Dear friends and neighbors,

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent Juneau; it is an honor and a pleasure serving you and our great community.

2012 was my fourteenth session with the Alaska State House of Representatives and sixth year as House Minority Leader. My seniority and leadership position in the Legislature have allowed me to strengthen and protect Juneau’s interests as I work to help improve our community and our state.

Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter. I hope you will find it informative and interesting. If you would like to get regular news updates from me, you can also subscribe to my e-newsletter (email me at Rep.Beth.Kerttula@legis.state.ak.us to sign up).

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Cresting the Wave – Protecting and Enjoying Alaska’s Waters

Over the next few newsletters, I’ll recap this past session in greater detail. In this issue, I’ll address water-related issues like ocean acidification, tsunami debris, coastal management and boating safety.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Special Session Over, Budget Vetoes Done

It’s been almost a month since my last e-news and a lot has happened in that time. My office grew by two members: Anna White joined my staff during the special session and early this month, she gave birth to baby boy Quinlan. My husband Jim Powell received his PhD from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Natural Resources and Sustainability in mid-May. I am immensely proud of all the work he put into achieving this goal.

Because it’s been a while since my last newsletter, I’ll catch you up on the major legislative events that have occurred in the meantime. After a particularly exciting few days during special session, it finally ended with a whimper rather than a bang early Monday evening. Also, the governor released his line-item vetoes of the capital and operating budgets and I’ll share more detail below.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Special Session Implodes

Governor Pulls Oil Taxes, Senate Adjourns, What Will the House do?

The Third Special Session of the Alaska State Legislature has imploded. In this newsletter, I’ll tell you what happened and what is likely to happen next.

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