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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau News: Public Testimony on the Capital Budget

Earlier today, the Senate Finance Committee passed out their version of the capital budget (SB 46), which will be on the Senate Floor tonight. The House has also introduced changes to the House version of the capital budget (HB 107). You have the chance to testify on those budgets tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. before the House Finance Committee on the fifth floor of the Capitol Building. It's unusual to have two different versions of the capital budget, but the House will probably put a lot of their changes into the Senate version and that will be the one that is ultimately passed. If you're interested in a particular project, you may want to come and express your support to the committee.

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Rep. Petersen’s Report from the Capitol: Special Session Continues – Budget Puts $1 Billion into Savings; Energy Projects Scrutinized; Fighting for Neighborhood Needs

The special session is continuing and there is still no agreement over the capital budget, but I am happy to report that we reached an agreement on and passed the operating budget. $1 Billion for the State Savings Account The operating budget funds the day to day operations of the state, while the capital budget funds construction projects and other mostly one-time items. I am particularly glad that as part of this budget, we deposited $1 billion dollars straight to the state savings account. While Alaska is in a better financial situation than most states, I strongly believe that we need to be fiscally responsible and put savings away for the future.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: 27th Legislature Special Session

Lawmakers are in day 22 of the special session and I will remain here in Juneau as a stalemate continues between the Legislature and the Governor. The problem in Juneau continues to be the threat of the Governor’s vetoes in retaliation for the Senate not passing a bill aimed at tax breaks for big oil producers. Though things are moving slowly, negotiations between leadership and the Governor continue and there has been movement.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Legislative Progress Despite Stand-Off

As the Governor and House and Senate budget negotiators continue their impasse, I’m using the special session to advance concerns critical to Alaska’s energy needs. While serving on the Special Committee on Energy, we have been working jointly with the Resources Committee to go over the energy projects listed in the Senate’s capital bill. We just finished almost twelve hours of hearings and are now working on our comments to forward to the House Finance Committee in anticipation bill arriving to the House soon.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau News: Special Session Update

Today is day 19 of the special session. Progress was made during the past week with the passage of the operating budget. However, the capital budget, which has presented the most problems, still remains unresolved. Coastal Management also remains on the table. Thank you for reading my newsletter. I enjoy hearing from you, so please stop by the office, call, write or email.

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Berta’s Briefings from Rep. Gardner: We’re Moving Like Molasses

Finally, it feels like the logjam is beginning to break. Today the House and Senate reached concurrence on the Operating and Mental Health budgets. In excess of nine billion fat ones, the Operating Budget is a cornucopia stuffed with goodies enough for everybody. My view is that the size alone is scary, but I have to confess that the things important to me were pretty much included...

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Rep. Doogan in Juneau: Special Can’t I Go Home Now Edition!

Save It For a Rainy Day? Perish the Thought We are poised to pass an operating budget today. A mental health budget, too. (I’ll pause here while you get the legislature-mental health jokes off your chest.) The operating budget is the big casino, the money to pay for the day-to-day costs of state government. This year’s operating budget is just less than $9 billion – that’s $6.6 billion in state funds, $2.1 in federal funds. Next year’s operating budget, the one we’re working on now, is just more than $9 billion – that’s $6.9 billion in state funds, $2.1 billion in federal funds. That’s an increase of about 4 percent in state funds.

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