NEWS: House Ends Historic Fifth Special Session Without Progress on a Comprehensive Fiscal Plan

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives adjourned the Fifth Special Session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. Lawmakers were unable to reach consensus on the components of the fiscal plan proposed by Alaska Governor Bill Walker. Despite the setback, the members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC) remain committed to finding acceptable solutions to close the budget gap that can garner approval from the Governor, the Alaska Legislature, and the people of Alaska.

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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: Much Good and Some Bad in Governor Walker’s Line Item Budget Vetoes

Anchorage – Earlier today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker used his line-item veto power to cut $1.29 billion from the FY 2017 budgets. The veto includes $430 million in tax credit and other payments to the oil and gas industry down to the statutory minimum requirement of $30 million. The veto of the oil tax credit money is supported by members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC) in the Alaska House of Representatives.

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NEWS: Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Supports Long Overdue Decision to Drop Failed Lawsuit to Stop Medicaid Expansion in Alaska

Anchorage – Earlier today, a majority of the members of the Alaska Legislative Council voted to stop the lawsuit challenging Medicaid expansion in Alaska. The lawsuit was dismissed in March by a Superior Court Judge after finding that the Social Security Act allowed the Governor to initiate Medicaid expansion and that existing state law required Governor Walker to provide Medicaid to the group of Alaskans eligible for expansion. The Alaska Legislative Council is made up of members of both the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska Senate and it represents the Alaska Legislature in some instances when the Legislature is not in session. Today’s action by the Legislative Council stops an appeal of the lawsuit to the Alaska Supreme Court.

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