Category - Rep. Andy Josephson

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter

Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: POST ELECTION NEWS – A New Bi-Partisan Coalition

I am happy to report that with the election now over, we have a significant shift in the balance within the House of Representatives. 16 members of the Independent Democratic Caucus and 5 members of the Musk-Ox group (moderate Republicans and 2 rural Democrats) have joined to form a Bi-partisan Coalition in the House. I could not be more enthusiastic about the promise of what we can now get done in the House as the majority working together for the good of our state.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: The End of Special Session

They say when one door closes, another door opens. Apparently the same holds true for special sessions in Alaska because as soon as the Legislature adjourned the Governor called us back to Juneau for the 5th special session of the 29th Legislature. You can read Governor Walker’s proclamation here. (Note that, one new addition to the “call”—the bills before us—is a sales tax. I’m not sure this is an especially good sign, but am willing to review the idea).

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Legislative Update: The Outstanding Issues

We are now 95 days into the second session of the 29th Legislature and there are still a number of issues that have yet to be resolved. These include the Omnibus Crime Bill (SB91), the Operating and Capital Budgets, a new plan for drawing from the Permanent Fund Earnings Reserve (SB128 & HB245), and a revision of our generous Oil and Gas Tax Credit System (HB247). At this time, most other legislation is essentially dead and the majority of the attention has been focused on these key issues. (Some bills, like the Campus Carry Bill could always resurface, however).

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“The House Majority supports this education based income tax as one part of the solution to grow a stable economy.”

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