NEWS: Alaska House Passes Major Piece of a Comprehensive Fiscal Plan

Juneau – The Alaska House of Representatives today passed a major component of the plan put forward by the members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition to fully address Alaska’s $2.7 billion funding gap. Senate Bill 26 creates a sustainable draw from the earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund, while still paying out dividends and protecting the principle of the fund.

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NEWS: Alaska House Moves to Fix Alaska’s Flawed Oil Tax Credit System

Juneau – The Alaska House of Representatives today passed legislation to reform Alaska’s flawed and unsustainable system of oil and gas subsidies. Without changes, the State of Alaska is projected to pay out more in oil tax credits in Fiscal Year 2018 than the state will take in from production taxes. Production tax revenue used to be Alaska’s leading source of revenue.

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EVENT: Tuesday’s Press Availability Will Include Reps. Edgmon, Tuck, Stutes, and Kawasaki

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday morning to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Participants will include Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), Majority Whip Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak), and Finance Committee member Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks).

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NEWS: The Alaska House Wants Expanded Access to TeleHealth in Rural Communities

Rep. Bryce Edgmon

JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska Legislature passed a resolution calling for additional federal resources to help expand access to telehealth care in rural Alaska. House Joint Resolution 14 is sponsored by Rep. Bryce Edgmon (Dillingham), who represents many remote communities in Southwest Alaska. The resolution asks the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to increase the Rural Health Care Universal Service Support Budget sufficiently to adjust for inflation and keep up with advances in broadband technology.

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