Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: The House Passes the Operating Budget

Rep. Guttenberg's Legislative Report

Monday the House passed its version of the 2018 operating budget and it now goes to the Senate. The budget process this year was open and transparent. I chaired three finance subcommittees this session: Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; Department of Natural Resources; and the University. For the first time the meetings were broadcast on 360north.org and were archived for the public to gain better access to the process.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: University Budget Testimony Starts Today

I am chairing the finance subcommittee for the University budget and this week we are soliciting public comments on the Governor’s proposed FY18 budget for the University of Alaska System. The dates for this public comment period begin today, Tuesday, February 14 through Tuesday the 21st. If you have input, I welcome it and encourage you to share your thoughts on the direction and priorities of the University of Alaska.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Reaction to President Trump’s executive order

Rep. Guttenberg's Legislative Report

Just days ago, President Trump issued an executive order severely restricting immigration from seven Muslim majority countries, freezing refugee admission for 120 days, and indefinitely barringall Syrian refugees. While walking up the capitol steps this morning, I was greeted by a large group of protestors. They were rightfully upset at the executive order and implored me to “do something!” about it.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: The Start of the 30th Legislature!

Rep. Guttenberg's Legislative Report

Yesterday marked the first day of the 30th legislature. With a new Senate president and a new Speaker of the House, members of both bodies were sworn into office. Last session the Alaska Democratic Independent Coalition proposed a “caucus of the whole”—a unified front of Representatives aiming to transcend party politics and focus on solving Alaska’s fiscal crisis. Today I am a member of the majority, one which includes republicans, democrats and independents.

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