Speaker Edgmon’s May 18th Newsletter: 121-Day Session Ends without Budget; Governor Calls Special Session

Rep. Bryce Edgmon

Immediately after the House and Senate adjourned on Wednesday night, Governor Walker issued a proclamation for a 30-day special session that began at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. Because the Legislature has not yet passed the Operating and Mental Health Budgets, and with no agreement reached on a fiscal plan to address our deficit of between $2.5 and $3 billion, and because there was not the three-quarters vote necessary for the Legislature itself to extend the session, the governor had no choice.

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Speaker Edgmon’s April 28th Newsletter: Our Personal Investment in Our Communities, Our State, and Alaska’s Next Generation

Rep. Bryce Edgmon

On Tuesday evening the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee took public testimony on HB 115—the Education Funding Act—and afterward much was made of the fact that a majority of the more than 100 people who called in were in favor of this tax for schools. The testimony went on until after 10:00 p.m., and many people waited hours to put their views on the record.

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Speaker Edgmon’s April 14th Newsletter: Need for Fair and Comprehensive Fiscal Plan Will Push Legislature Beyond 90 Days

Rep. Bryce Edgmon

As you can imagine, late-session events in Juneau are in full swing, and I’m afraid this week’s newsletter has to be brief. As I noted last week, the magnitude of the work we still need to accomplish this year will keep the Legislature in Juneau beyond the statutory 90-day limit that falls this Sunday. What we hope to achieve this session will create a major turning point in our young state’s history and, hopefully, put us on an upward trajectory for decades to come.

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