NEWS: Lawmakers Applaud Superior Court Decision to Allow Medicaid Expansion to Proceed in Alaska

ANCHORAGE – Today, Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner denied the Legislative Council’s request to stop the implementation of Medicaid expansion in early September. The ruling is being praised by the members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC).

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: Southeast Spotlight: late summer update

Dear Neighbors,

I hope you are enjoying the final weeks of summer. Don’t forget: with school starting again, be sure to keep an eye out for kids and drive safely. Thank you for checking out my recap of some of the activities in the Capitol, around our communities, and across Alaska.

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NEWS: The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Endorses Governor Walker’s Plan to Expand Medicaid

ANCHORAGE – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced plans to take advantage of federal funding to expand eligibility for Medicaid in Alaska. This action is supported by the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition, which made Medicaid expansion a priority during the First Session of the 29th Alaska Legislature.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: Southeast Spotlight: Interim At Last

Summer has finally arrived, but it did take a little longer than expected this year, with the second Special Session wrapping up on June 11th with passage of our state budget – more on that shortly. During the interim I will continue my Legislative work with on Legislative Council and the Legislative Budget & Audit committees. I will also be visiting communities in the district to address the local governing bodies and visit with community residents. I look forward to seeing you.

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NEWS: Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Negotiates Compromise Budget Deal to Avert Government Shutdown

ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition compromise with the Majority leadership in the House and Senate today enabled the Alaska Legislature to pass an operating budget for Fiscal Year 2016 that prevents a government shutdown at the end of the month.

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NEWS: GOP Ignoring Oil Tax Credit Spending Cap

ANCHORAGE – Today, the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition released a memo from the Alaska Department of Revenue showing the Republican-proposed budget spends $600 million more on oil tax credits than provided for under Alaska’s statutory cap on credit payments.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: Testify Today!

Today, the House Finance committee is holding public testimony regarding the state budget and funding priorities. It is unfortunate that they gave notice of the meeting so last-minute, but I hope that you will be able to participate.

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NEWS: Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Ready to Work to Solve Budget Impasse

ANCHORAGE – Today, Governor Walker announced his intention to veto the portions of House Bill 72 that deal with fiscal year 2016. This is due to the fact that the House and Senate Majorities passed a largely unfunded budget, which could result in a shutdown of state government beginning in July. 

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