Rep. Grenn’s May 24th Newsletter: Town Hall TOMORROW & Session Update

Rep. Jason Grenn

As you may have heard, the legislature is currently in the midst of a Special Session called by Governor Bill Walker. Unfortunately, we are now on Day 7 and the Senate has shown little willingness to meet or work on the items called for by the Governor. While this overtime has been very disappointing, I continue to work with colleagues on all sides, encourage productive dialogue, and do my best to keep us moving forward.

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NEWS: Lawmakers Must Use the First Special Session to Focus on Alaska’s Fiscal Future

Juneau – The First Regular Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature ended tonight with clear differences between the Alaska House Majority Coalition and the Alaska Senate Majority on the need for a comprehensive fiscal plan to address the ongoing recession and the $2.7 billion budget gap. Both majority organizations wanted the ten-day extension allowed for in the Alaska Constitution, but the House Republican Caucus refused to provide enough votes in favor. In response, Governor Bill Walker is calling the Alaska Legislature into a Special Session to start on Thursday. 

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Rep. Grenn’s May 16th Newsletter: Budget Resources, Bike to Work Day & Ride Sharing News

Rep. Jason Grenn

By now, we’re all aware that Alaska is facing a serious fiscal crisis – unprecedented, in fact. The Alaska State Legislature is grappling with different ways to address the budget deficit and provide for a sustainable economic future, and there are many ideas on what direction to take. As part of this conversation, many expert resources are shared with us as we consider and debate these important, economic decisions.

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Rep. Grenn’s May 3rd Newsletter: This Week: Citywide Cleanup, Coffee & More!

Rep. Jason Grenn

This week, the House Finance Committee is holding hearings to more closely compare and contrast the competing fiscal plans that have passed the House and Senate, hearing from various stakeholders on how these policy changes will impact our state’s economy. As part of this series, we’ll hear from the private sector, municipal governments, nonprofits, labor groups, and tribal representatives, in addition to presentations from the Alaska Department of Revenue and the non-partisan Legislative Finance Division.

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NEWS: Broad-Based Revenue Proposal Receives Public Support

Juneau – Last night over 100 Alaskans provided public testimony to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on the proposed Education Funding Act, one of the four pillars of the comprehensive fiscal plan put forward by the Alaska House Majority Coalition. A significant majority of those who testified spoke in favor of House Bill 115 and maintaining Alaska’s commitment to public education and the University of Alaska. HB 115 passed the Alaska House of Representatives earlier this month and is under consideration in the Alaska State Senate.

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EVENT: Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Availability Scheduled for Tuesday

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday morning that will include House Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), House Resources Committee Co-chair Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), House Energy Committee Chair Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks), and House Health and Social Services Committee Chair Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage)

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Rep. Grenn’s April 21st Newsletter: Tough Choices and an Update on Day 95

Rep. Jason Grenn

Today is day 95 of the legislative session. I must admit I’m frustrated the Legislature wasn’t able to come to an agreement in 90 days. In fact, just one year ago, I remember reading the newspaper thinking, “why can’t they get their job done on time?!” Trust me, I respect the will of the voters and have done my best to help move things forward in a timely manner. Click here to read an interview with my thoughts on this issue and more.

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