NEWS: Knik Arm Bridge Should Be Removed from Transportation Priority List

Rep. Harriet Drummond

Anchorage – Representatives Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) encourage the public to comment on the need to stop wasteful spending on the proposed Knik Arm Crossing project. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is accepting public comments until Friday, August 19th on whether the roughly $2 billion bridge project should be removed from the current state transportation priority list.

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OP-ED: A Permanent Fund Only Plan is Unfair to Alaskans

Rep. Harriet Drummond

The members of the 29th Alaska Legislature will face some very big decisions when the unprecedented Fifth Special Session gets underway July 11. Never before in Alaska’s history has a Legislature needed five Special Sessions to get its work done but there is always a first time for everything. I and my colleagues in the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition are in the minority in the Alaska Legislature, which means that we do not control the agenda and can really only debate and consider what the Governor and the Majority present to us. However, let me assure you that we stand ready, willing, and able to help solve the ongoing fiscal crisis that is threatening our economy and our institutions of government.

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NEWS: Alaska House Ends Special Session Without a Fiscal Plan to Protect the Alaska Economy

Juneau – Tonight, the Alaska House of Representatives closed out the Fourth Special Session of the 29th Alaska Legislature without making any substantial progress towards creating a balanced and sustainable plan to address the ongoing fiscal crisis in Alaska. The House failed to pass any of the revenue measures they were called into Special Session to consider by Alaska Governor Bill Walker. The 13 members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC) remain committed to working on a comprehensive fiscal plan that will protect the Alaska economy and the essential functions of state government.

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Rep. Drummond’s Newsletter: Special Session Update

Rep. Drummond's Newsletter

After negotiating over the Memorial Day weekend, the Legislature passed a $4.6 billion operating budget. This is a reduction of $500 million from last year. We also passed one of the smallest capital budgets in state history. Nearly $3.2 billion comes from the Constitutional Budget Reserve, the state’s savings account. The session now can be laser-focused on a fiscal plan, before our savings are depleted.

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