Rep. Guttenberg’s May 30th Newsletter: What does a comprehensive, stable fiscal plan look like to you?

Rep. Guttenberg's Legislative Report

I would like to know what you think a comprehensive, stable fiscal plan looks like. The Senate Republican Majority’s current fiscal plan consists of budget cuts, spending limits, reduced PFD, and using our savings to fill the remaining deficit. In January, they attempted to garner support for their fiscal plan by surveying Alaskans’ views on k12 funding, broad-based taxes, and adjusting oil company tax credits.

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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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OPINION: It is Time for Solutions, Not Politics

Rep. David Guttenberg

For the last four months, the bipartisan group of lawmakers in the new Majority Coalition in the Alaska House of Representatives have worked on a responsible solution to Alaska’s fiscal crisis. The ongoing crisis has stymied investment and perpetuated a recession that threatens jobs, large and small businesses, public safety, and the education of our children. In crafting our plan, we consulted experts, heard from Alaskans, and have refused to shrink from political risks.

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