Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Minority Proposes “Caucus of the Whole”

Rep. Guttenberg's Legislative Report

Yesterday the democratic coalition rolled out a compromise message to the legislature. The minority leaders from both the house and the senate proposed a “caucus of the whole”—a unified legislature—one which works together and removes partisanship in the legislature to aid in moving forward in finding a solution to the budget deficit. This proposition was set forth with the spirit of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Alaska Constitution in mind, when people from all sides were able to come together and do what was best for our newly emerging state.

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NEWS: House and Senate Minorities Propose Creating a Caucus of the Whole in the Alaska Legislature

Juneau – Last Friday was the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Alaska Constitution.  The convention in Fairbanks featured 55 Alaskans, elected from all regions and walks of life.  These far-thinking delegates came together as one and crafted a document that has guided not only the state government, but also Alaska’s institutions and people.  The constitutional example is being followed today by the Alaska Senate Democrats and the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition as they propose a new structure for the 29th Alaska Legislature.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Interior Fire Chiefs, Fox Spring & Oil/Gas Credits

Rep. Guttenberg's Legislative Report

As session progresses and the legislature starts to examine the Governor’s proposed New Sustainable Alaska Plan, I am meeting with individuals and organizations from across the state to chat about what’s important. With so many proposed cuts, it’s imperative that we take the time to consider the role of government in Alaska in order to prevent a recession. Simply cutting our way out of the budget deficit is unrealistic and would harm the economy.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: The Opening of the 2016 Legislative Session

Yesterday the 2016 legislative session gaveled in, to what many are calling a historic year for Alaskan politics. With a 3.5 billion dollar deficit challenge ahead of the legislature, we have a lot to consider so that our state can continue thrive and so that all Alaskans are healthy, prosperous and safe in their homes and communities.

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