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: The House is Waiting for Progress in the State Senate

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.

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NEWS: Resources Committee Co-chairs will Lead Effort to Reform Unsustainable Oil Industry Subsidies

Juneau – On Monday, Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) appointed House members to negotiate a compromise on legislation to reform Alaska’s unsustainable oil tax credit system that passed both the House and Senate. House Resources Committee Co-chairs Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) and Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) will represent the House Majority on the conference committee. The House Minority will be represented by Rep. Dave Talerico (R-Healy). The State Senate is expected to appoint their members to the conference committee on Wednesday.

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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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