Rep. Seaton’s End of Session Newsletter

Greetings from your District 31 Representative. It has been a long, tough legislative session. The House and Senate were able to come to a compromise on some items, but there are several key pieces which were not resolved. The decisions the state faces are difficult ones and will affect all Alaskans and our future.

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Rep. LeDoux’s July 21st Newsletter: End of cash credits & adjournment

Late Saturday night, the legislature found compromise and passed HB111, ending cash payments to oil companies. This effort will save the state $150-200 million annually for the next 10 years. These cash payments incentivized exploration and production efforts, but paying the companies cash just didn’t make sense as we try to balance the budget and fill this $2.5’ish billion deficit. Instead, the companies can now recover their costs once fields go into production.

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Rep. Tarr’s June 29th Newsletter: Operating Budget and What’s Next

Just after I wrote last week’s enews, late last Thursday evening, with just a week before the government would have shutdown, the legislature reached a compromise on the operating budget. While this relieves the immediate pressure of a looming shutdown, measures to enact a fiscal plan were not passed so we have not completed our work for this year.

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Rep. Claman’s June 26th Newsletter: Legislature Approves Operating Budget

On Thursday evening, the legislature passed House Bill 57, the FY18 operating budget. Passing this budget compromise means the state will continue to provide government services when the state’s fiscal year begins on July 1. Although passing the operating budget is a step in the right direction, the legislature has not adopted a responsible action plan to address Alaska’s financial challenges. There is more work to be done for a long-term solution.

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NEWS: House Moves to Prevent Government Shutdown with Passage of Combined Operating and Capital Budgets

Juneau – Tonight, to avoid a government shutdown at the beginning of the month, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a combined Capital and Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The House budgets reverse the Senate’s $69 million cut to K-12 education and most of the cut to the University of Alaska. Additionally, the Capital Budget restored the full amount of expected Permanent Fund Dividends, which will be paid in the fall to eligible Alaskans.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Government Shutdown: Why It Shouldn’t Happen

I do not believe there will be a government shutdown. Making that prediction true requires that 60 legislators act as statesmen and stateswomen, and that they base their votes on facts, not the fiction some politicians use for a good TV soundbite.

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