NEWS: House Moves to Prevent Government Shutdown with Passage of Combined Operating and Capital Budgets

Juneau – Tonight, to avoid a government shutdown at the beginning of the month, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a combined Capital and Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The House budgets reverse the Senate’s $69 million cut to K-12 education and most of the cut to the University of Alaska. Additionally, the Capital Budget restored the full amount of expected Permanent Fund Dividends, which will be paid in the fall to eligible Alaskans.

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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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