NEWS: Wildlife Management Package Supports Broadened Strategies for Game Management and Tourism

JUNEAU – Today, Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) introduced three bills designed to broaden Alaska’s game management goals and strategies. This legislation acknowledges the value of wildlife to all Alaskans and the wide range of uses of game, as well as the importance of wildlife to the tourism industry.

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NEWS: Guarantee the PFD: Committee Hears Democrats’ Constitutional Amendment

JUNEAU – Today, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) presented a constitutional amendment to enshrine the Permanent Fund Dividend program in the Alaska Constitution to the House State Affairs Committee.

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Note from Rep. Gara: State Invents “New” Numbers On $ Loss From New Oil Tax Law

Dear Neighbors,

Flip flop. Too much spin makes one nauseous. If you ask the public, in politics it either makes you nauseous, or not care. What’s the saying? You can fool some of the people some of the time, but…..well, someone help me with how that one goes – folksy sayings aren’t my strength.

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NEWS: Democrats Introduce Oil Tax Alternative

Reduction for Production: Bill Targets New Oil in the Pipe and Protects Alaska

JUNEAU – House and Senate Democratic legislators introduced legislation today to grant tax concessions to oil producers who put new oil into the pipeline. The bill (SB50, HB 111) targets tax incentives to new fields and to new development in existing fields, and it offers other incentives outside the tax code to spark new development.

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BREAKING: Democrats Press Conference – Oil Tax Alternative

House and Senate Democrats to hold press conference today to introduce oil tax alternative

WHAT: Democratic legislators Press Conference to introduce their oil tax alternative
WHEN: 12:00 noon, Monday, February 11, 2013
WHERE: Butrovich Room, State Capitol

TELECONFERENCE: From Juneau: 463-5009
Outside Juneau: 855-463-5009

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Update on the 28th Alaska Legislature – Education, Energy and the Economy

Dear Neighbors,

The first session of the 28th Alaska Legislature is underway and I am excited to be your public servant and representative. I will continue to focus on education, energy and the economy as top priorities for the state.

As your servant, please do not hesitate to call or send me an email if I can ever assist you with any state or local issues. My staff and I stand ready to help you negotiate government bureaucracy and research solutions to a variety of issues.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Sine Die to Another Special Session

Dear Neigbors,

The 27th Alaska Legislature adjourned in the early hours on Monday with acclamation from the House on a job ‘well done.’ The Legislature satisfied the Constitutional requirement of passing a budget and passed a handful of bills to improve the lives of people, lower the cost of energy and keep Alaska on firm economic footing. Within an hour of adjournment, members received the unfortunate news that we would be forced into special session to reconsider the Governor’s tax breaks for big oil corporations. It has been a contentious issue for the last two years and has not received sufficient statewide support from lawmakers. The 30-day special session began today at 1pm at a price tag of around $35K per day.

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Rep. Lindsey Holmes’ Newsletter: One Session Ends, Another Begins

Regular Session Ends on Day 90

The regular session wrapped up late Sunday night in a flurry of activity. Among the highlights are:

• A one-time increase in K-12 education funding to keep up with inflation. This also includes funding for Parents as Teachers, which encourages parents to get involved in their children’s education early on.

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