Category - Rep. David Guttenberg

Rep. Guttenberg's Legislative Report

Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Operating Budget passes through the House

Yesterday the Alaska State Legislature confirmed the appointment of Representative Ivy Spohnholz to fill the late Representative Max Gruenberg’s seat. Governor Walker chose Ms. Spohnholz from three individuals whose names were put forth by the Alaska Democratic Party. The House Democrats then voted unanimously to confirm the Governor’s appointment. Her first day on the job she gaveled in to one of the most important legislatures in the state’s history. With the floor lasting until almost 4am, she joked about getting two days on the job in one day.

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Rep. Guttenberg's Legislative Report

Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Important update for Goldstream Valley

Beginning February 23rd, permafrost researchers will collect airborne electromagnetic data in the Goldstream Valley using a specialized 25 foot long geophysical instrument towed beneath a small civilian helicopter. The helicopter will carry the instrument roughly 100 feet above the ground while collecting data. The Fairbanks Federal Aviation Administration is working closely with the research team to ensure public safety. Aerial surveys will be completed by March 14th.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Minority Proposes “Caucus of the Whole”

Yesterday the democratic coalition rolled out a compromise message to the legislature. The minority leaders from both the house and the senate proposed a “caucus of the whole”—a unified legislature—one which works together and removes partisanship in the legislature to aid in moving forward in finding a solution to the budget deficit. This proposition was set forth with the spirit of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Alaska Constitution in mind, when people from all sides were able to come together and do what was best for our newly emerging state.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Interior Fire Chiefs, Fox Spring & Oil/Gas Credits

As session progresses and the legislature starts to examine the Governor’s proposed New Sustainable Alaska Plan, I am meeting with individuals and organizations from across the state to chat about what’s important. With so many proposed cuts, it’s imperative that we take the time to consider the role of government in Alaska in order to prevent a recession. Simply cutting our way out of the budget deficit is unrealistic and would harm the economy.

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