Category - Rep. Harriet Drummond

Rep. Drummond's Newsletter

Rep. Drummond’s Newsletter: Special Session Update

After negotiating over the Memorial Day weekend, the Legislature passed a $4.6 billion operating budget. This is a reduction of $500 million from last year. We also passed one of the smallest capital budgets in state history. Nearly $3.2 billion comes from the Constitutional Budget Reserve, the state’s savings account. The session now can be laser-focused on a fiscal plan, before our savings are depleted.

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Rep. Drummond’s Newsletter: Budget Closeouts: It’s not pretty

Closeouts? This is the part of the budget process when the Finance subcommittees finalize their changes to the budget Governor Walker submitted. This process can get a little squirrely, and there is ample opportunity for the chair of the subcommittee to amend the governor's budget to include pretty sweeping cuts. After the subcommittees meet, they add to and subtract from the governor's budget, they then amend their recommendations and send them on to the full House Finance Committee. This is the Legislature's first step in passing a budget, and I am already pretty concerned with what I see.

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Rep. Drummond’s Newsletter: Roads, Budgets, and Puppies

Why did the chicken cross Spenard Road? It didn’t. It would have died. Spenard Road has long been a frustration for many people in our district. Trying to turn on to 27th Avenue to get to Bear Tooth can be a downright nightmare at times. Plans for reconstruction have been in the works for decades. It began as a traffic and safety project in 1999 and has been a long and often arduous process ever since. That is finally about to change.

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Rep. Drummond’s Newsletter: The Heat is On

The heat is on. The budget finance subcommittees are in full swing and bills are moving. Not to beat a dead horse, but the main issue this year is the budget, and we are currently reviewing the Governor’s proposal to change the Permanent Fund Dividend. Touching the PFD has traditionally been a political no-no. But historically we haven't seen these kinds of deficits. Most Alaskans seem to agree that to solve the problem we are going to have to use a mix of new revenue, government cuts, and draws on Alaska’s savings accounts including the Permanent Fund earnings reserve. Exactly how much of each of those solutions we will draw on is the crux of the debate.

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