Rep. John Lincoln’s Legislative Recap

Warm greetings from Juneau! In this issue you will get an update on session progress, meet the District 40 office, see who from home stopped in the office for a visit, and get some information on the Permanent Fund Dividend application.

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Gov. Dunleavy Wants Money from Cities and Boroughs to Balance the Budget

Juneau – Today, Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy put forward legislation to change the long-standing authority that allows municipalities and boroughs to collect taxes on all property within their jurisdiction. Senate Bill 57 would allow the State of Alaska to collect the entirety of taxes on petroleum property, depriving municipalities and boroughs of a reliable revenue stream that has funded schools and essential public services for decades.

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Rep. Lincoln Legislative Recap

The 31st Alaska State Legislature gaveled in on January 15th, and your District 40 office is energized and ready to help create a healthier, safer, and more sustainable district and state.

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Governor Signs Legislation Increasing Flexibility for School Districts

Today – Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation sponsored by Representative John Lincoln (D-Kotzebue) to give Alaska school districts more time and flexibility to provide the local match required under the School Construction Grant Program. House Bill 135 loosens the existing three-year deadline, which can now be extended by the Commissioner of the Department of Education and Early Development to a maximum of seven years; provided there is good cause, the extension doesn’t jeopardize successful completion of the project, and the extension won’t increase state funding of the project cost.

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