NEWS: Governor Walker Signs Legislation Authorizing Transportation Network Companies to Operate in Alaska

Juneau – Earlier today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed a bill into law that allows ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber to operate in Alaska. House Bill 132, sponsored by Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks), would pave the way for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Lyft and Uber to begin operating in Alaska communities.

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Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Governor Calls Special Session May 18th

The extended legislative session is over and the House and Senate failed to agree on a fiscal plan. The Senate majority thinks the state should close most of the $2.5 billion deficit this year with a combination of spending cuts to education and using the Permanent Fund’s investment earnings. To close the remaining deficit of about $500 million, the Senate is putting faith in a “drain and pray” plan: drain state savings and pray for higher oil prices or a large production increase. I think this is a very dangerous and irresponsible bet to make.

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Rep. Grenn’s May 16th Newsletter: Budget Resources, Bike to Work Day & Ride Sharing News

By now, we’re all aware that Alaska is facing a serious fiscal crisis – unprecedented, in fact. The Alaska State Legislature is grappling with different ways to address the budget deficit and provide for a sustainable economic future, and there are many ideas on what direction to take. As part of this conversation, many expert resources are shared with us as we consider and debate these important, economic decisions.

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