Your Advocacy Made A Difference

Fall appears to be upon us in the Capital City, and though we are not in session, I wanted to give you a short update on the the governor’s vetoes of programs and projects in House Bill 2001. HB2001 passed the legislature with a total of 40 (out of 60) votes, showing widespread and bipartisan legislative support.

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Working Together in Difficult Times

Vetoes, Pioneer Homes Rate Increases, and the Loss of A Colleague
On Tuesday, after having taken significant actions last week, the legislature adjourned the second special session of 2019. Just yesterday, with the ball in his court, the governor acted, vetoing nearly $35 million in projects and programs from the capital budget. Along with the Pioneer Home rate increases approved by the administration this week, and the great loss of Senator Birch, it was a week for contemplation and decisions on how to move forward.

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The Work Ahead

This week has been one of a lot of action in the Alaska Legislature — and at the bargaining table — as well as a week of continuing anxiety among thousands of Alaskans.

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Taking Steps Forward

Try as we might to reach a solution, the legislature is still in session wrestling with tough decisions that have huge impacts on Alaska’s economy and finances. In summary, a bi-partisan majority in the House this week restored most of the vetoes and approved payment of a $1,600 PFD.

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