2nd Special Session starts in Juneau

I wanted to provide a brief update with where we are at as we start the 2nd special session and to let you know about my upcoming Town Hall Meeting. There is a lot going on in the Legislature and it is not always easy to understand. I have received well over a thousand emails asking to override the Governor’s vetoes and the emails are still pouring in. I want you to know that I hear you LOUD AND CLEAR! I assure you I will be voting to override! I am receiving over 200 emails a day and I intend to respond to every single one. What I am hearing from you is:

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Alaska State House District 33 Legislative Update

Welcome to my in-between special sessions Legislative Update. First, a few highlights on where the Legislature is at since the end of the 1st special session and before heading into the 2nd special session. We were able to pass the crime bill (see my last Legislative Update for more information), the operating budget and the capital budget. The Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) is still unresolved and funding for K-12 education may be heading to court.

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House Majority: Governor’s budget vetoes present imminent threat to Alaskans, economy

JUNEAU – Gov. Mike Dunleavy today issued budget vetoes that present an imminent threat to our economy and to all Alaskans, while continuing to fail to address the root cause of our state’s financial problems.
Speaker Bryce Edgmon released the following statement in response:
“The Legislature presented Governor Dunleavy with a responsible operating budget that struck a balance between protecting essential services and making tough but necessary budget cuts. Today, the governor made major vetoes that will have drastic, negative impacts on all Alaskans.

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Legislative group starts work on the future of the Permanent Fund

JUNEAU – A group of legislators started work today on exploring the future of the Alaska Permanent Fund in an era of declining state revenues. The effort comes as the legislature and the governor wrestle with the size of this year’s permanent fund dividend and how to pay for future state budgets.

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