Coalition Members Will Take Questions After Adjourning the Session Sine Die

Juneau – The members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability tonight to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. The press availability will be held 15 minutes after the Alaska House of Representatives adjourns the Second Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature sine die.

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Budget Deal Reached; State Operating Budget Passes the Alaska Legislature

Juneau – A compromise budget agreement between the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska State Senate was reached today, resulting in the passage of the fiscal year 2019 operating budget for the State of Alaska. Today’s budget deal prevents any disruption in essential public services as the State of Alaska enters the busy summer tourism and fishing seasons. House Bill 286 features total General Fund spending of $6.27 billion. The budget includes Alaska House Majority Coalition priorities such as $942 million to inflation-proof the value of the $65 billion Alaska Permanent Fund, $1.02 billion to pay for $1,600 Permanent Fund Dividends for each eligible Alaskan, a $10 million investment in the University of Alaska above the Governor’s proposal, and multiple measures to improve public safety and law enforcement in Alaska.

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Rep. Bryce Edgmon’s News from Juneau

We are on track to bring the 2018 legislative session to a successful conclusion very soon. As I write this, votes on the final ver-sions of the Operating and Capital Budgets are still pending, and many bills by individu-al lawmakers are passing across both the House and Senate floors.

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House Speaker Bryce Edgmon’s News from the Capitol

The principal components of an adjournment agreement are becoming evi-dent as progress continued this week on several “big ticket” bills.
On Wednesday the House/Senate Conference Committee for SB 26—the Permanent Fund restructuring bill—released a draft committee substitute that is now being used as a basis for compromise discussions toward support for final passage.

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Rep. Bryce Edgmon’s News from the Legislature

There were good signs this week that the Legislature is on track to finish the 2018 session within the time limit allowed by the State Constitution. Produc-tive negotiations continue between all concerned to reach the set of agree-ments necessary to reach adjournment.

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Legislature Passes Early Funding for K-12 Education

On Wednesday this week the House voted to concur with changes made in the Senate to the Education early funding bill we sent over to them in Febru-ary. This means school districts across the state can better plan for the com-ing year and also avoid the frustration and turmoil of teacher lay-off notic-es that would have had to go out if funding were still pending.

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