NEWS: Massive Scope of Proposed Fiscal Changes Demands Thorough Review of Impacts on Alaskans of All Income Levels

ANCHORAGE – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker unveiled an ambitious budget plan called “The New Sustainable Alaska Plan” that shifts much of the burden of paying for state government from the oil and gas industry onto the backs of hard-working, average Alaskans. The Governor’s proposal includes fundamental changes to how vital state services in Alaska are funded including new or increased taxes on income, fishing, mining, tourism, alcohol, tobacco, and motor fuel. The Governor’s proposal also makes drastic cuts to vital early education opportunities in Alaska and would result in significantly reduced Permanent Fund Dividends. The 13 members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition thank Governor Walker for his leadership and the public process used to come up with the proposed budget plan but will insist that every proposed change be thoroughly vetted by the Alaska Legislature.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday weekend with friends, family, and lots of good food. As we remind one another of all we have to be grateful for, we can be mindful of those in need and take time to share a smile and lend a helping hand.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Event Reminder!

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Please don’t forget to join me and Lieutenant Richard Henning with the Anchorage Police Department, tomorrow, Saturday, November 13th from 4pm to 5pm at Sand Lake Elementary School for a discussion on public safety. There will be snacks and a great community dialogue!

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Honoring Our Veterans

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Veterans Day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. “The eleventh month on the eleventh day at the eleventh hour.” Today, we celebrate, honor,

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Conclusion of Special Session

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The third special session has concluded and the Legislature has voted to buy out TransCanada from the AK LNG project. The time spent in Juneau was informative both about gasline issues and about the long-term fiscal plan for the State. I hope everyone has a great weekend and stays safe on the icy roads!

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NEWS: Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Supports Legislation to Remove Unneeded Partner from AKLNG Natural Gas Pipeline Project

JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives joined the Alaska Senate in approving legislation funding the buyout of TransCanada from the long-awaited AKLNG natural gas pipeline project. Removing TransCanada from the AKLNG partnership increases the state of Alaska’s total ownership share in the pipeline and associated infrastructure up to twenty-five percent.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Special Session and AK LNG Project Update

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One week in to the third special session, and our time in Juneau has been focused on reviewing the complexities of the AK LNG pipeline project. The Governor called the Legislature into this special session to consider the buyout one of our partners in the project, TransCanada. Under the terms of our state’s agreement with TransCanada, the deadline for exercising the buyout option is December 31, 2015. I have learned a great deal about AK LNG since arriving in Juneau and want to share some of the more helpful presentations with you in this newsletter.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Lessons for Special Session

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The third special session of the 29th Legislature begins today. As we begin carefully considering the AK LNG pipeline project, I am keeping in mind lessons that I learned during my recent visit with 2nd grade students. After all, some of the best lessons are those we learn early on.

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NEWS: Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Ready for the Gasline Special Session

ANCHORAGE – The third Special Session of the 29th Alaska Legislature is scheduled to start Saturday morning with House and Senate floor sessions. Governor Bill Walker has scheduled a briefing for all lawmakers Saturday afternoon to outline the details of the three pieces of legislation that will be under consideration. The members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC) are looking forward to the Governor’s detailed briefing but are dismayed by today’s announcement from the Senate President and the Speaker of the House that members of the House Finance and Senate Resources Committee’s will be encouraged to skip the briefing in favor of committee hearings on the same subjects at the same exact time as the Governor’s briefing.

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