Rep. Stutes’ August 6th Newsletter: Legislative Update

It has been a while since my last letter and I would like to update you on the legislature’s progress over the past two special sessions. This was a contentious year in Juneau and a difficult time for all Alaskans as uncertainty loomed in the form of a potential government shutdown, job losses, an economic recession, State credit-rating downgrades, and a reduction to PFDs. A potential income tax, the oil and gas tax restructuring, and other controversial solutions on the table added to the fervor of the debate.

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Rep. LeDoux’s August 4th Newsletter: My vote on the capital budget

Last week, the legislature passed SB23, the capital budget, authorizing state spending of $122 million for projects across the state. This was the smallest capital budget in years, and while I know this money is critical to maintaining Alaska’s essential infrastructure, I could not support the current form of the bill and had to vote ‘no’.

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Rep. Seaton’s July 28th Newsletter

On Thursday the legislature gaveled themselves back in for the third special session and passed the FY18 capital budget (SB 23). This year’s capital budget is the smallest since 2000 according to the Legislative Finance reports available online, but it leverages $1.2 billion in federal funds to keep our roads, highways, and water systems in working order.

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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. Josephson’s July 28th Newsletter: AK Capital Budget

Yesterday, the Alaska Legislature passed a compromise capital budget that spends about $140M of state money to leverage about $1.2B in federal funds. The House vote was 27-13 and the Senate vote was 15-4. Although either a “yes” or “no” vote was arguably justifiable, after some deliberation, I voted to pass this budget.

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Rep. Wool’s July 28th Newsletter: Legislature Finally Passes Capital Budget

Yesterday, July 27, the Legislature finally passed SB 23, the capital budget, which funds infrastructure projects across the state. I joined the majority of my House colleagues, who voted in favor 27 to 13. The Senate vote was 15-4.​ I’m glad the Legislature passed this bill before August 1, after which the Governor said projects could be delayed. This capital budget will create some much needed jobs in the Fairbanks area and around the state.

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NEWS: Governor Signs Bill Ending Cashable Tax Subsidies

Juneau – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed House Bill 111 into law, ending cashable subsidies on the North Slope, and making modest adjustments to Alaska’s oil and gas tax code. HB 111 was sponsored by the House Resources Committee, Co-Chaired by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) and Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage).

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NEWS: Alaska Legislature Passes Responsible Capital Budget Compromise

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature overwhelmingly passed a capital budget for Fiscal Year 2018 that will result in approximately $1.2 billion in federal funds coming to Alaska. The approved capital budget was a negotiated compromise that ensures continued funding for Alaska’s roads, bridges, and other vital infrastructure. House Finance Committee Co-chair Rep. Neal Foster (D-Nome) helped negotiate the compromise and worked to ensure passage today.

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