Budget and Fiscal Plan Negotiations Require Action from the Senate on a New Revenue Measure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2017

Juneau – The leadership of the Alaska House Majority Coalition has decided to hold a limited number of technical floor sessions for the remainder of the week to allow House members to travel back to their home districts for the Memorial Day Holiday. This will allow members to engage with constituents about the important issues under consideration during the Special Session called by Alaska Governor Bill Walker. Allowing lawmakers to go home also saves the state money since lawmakers will not be collecting per diem in their home districts.

The bills on the call for the special session have been dealt with in the House with the exception of the proposed motor fuel tax, which the Senate is taking the lead on, and the Capital Budget, which is usually the final piece of legislation taken up. The Operating Budget and the Permanent Fund Protection Act are in conference committees, and just yesterday the House just passed the Governor’s legislation to address the ongoing opioid epidemic.

“We are urging the State Senate to quickly appoint their conference committee for the oil and gas tax credit reform measure, which is a key component in our overall fiscal plan,” said Speaker Edgmon. “So far, the Senate has shown no willingness to take up a new revenue measure as called for by the Governor. Our fiscal plan, being comprehensive, has different components that interact to bring fairness and balance. We need the Senate to act on a new revenue measure soon so we have the full set of options before us as a basis to make progress on negotiations.”

While many lawmakers will be traveling home for the Memorial Day weekend, several members of the leadership team for the Alaska House Majority Coalition will remain in Juneau to continue work on key legislative items that Governor Walker placed on the agenda for the ongoing First Special Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature.

For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.

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