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.Read more
Senator Hollis French, Representative Mike Doogan and I will be hosting our Annual Pizza Party for West Anchorage* residents on Saturday, March 12, from 1:00-3:00 PM at Romig Middle School, 2500 Minnesota Drive. There will be pizza, refreshments and entertainment for the kids. Bring the whole family! All three of us will be there to find out what is on your mind. This is a great chance to chat in an informal and fun setting. Come join us for some pizza and make sure we head into the last month of this year’s legislative session with a good understanding of your priorities. I really hope I see you there.Read more
Petersen to Chair Transportation Subcommittee and Represent the House on School Construction Committee;
Energy Committee Taking Public Comments on Susitna Project;
Anchorage Caucus to Hold Public Hearing March 26;
I hear it has been nothing but snow, snow and more snow back home! Students from around the state were here this week to advocate for the University system. I was proud of the students from UAF who I visited with, they were knowledgeable and professional. Go Nanooks!Read more
I am going home this weekend and will be hosting a constituent meeting tomorrow. Do you have kudos? Complaints? Comments? I am happy to hear all of them and carry your message back to Juneau with me!Read more
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.Read more
$2 Billion Gamble?
The Governor’s corporate oil tax break bill is currently being heard in the House Resources Committee. From the studies by the Department of Revenue and the Legislature, there is no direct evidence that this bill will lead to any new jobs or development in Alaska.