Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: District 17 Survey Response & Constituent Meeting

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter

We are now over halfway through the 90-day session and our focus is still on the budget. In House Resources we are still delving into HB247, the Governor’s oil & gas tax credit bill. We have been hearing from representatives of the industry about what they dislike about the bill and why they are so adamantly opposed. The committee will be taking up amendments soon and there are a few that I will be offering.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Budget Close-Outs & Public Testimony

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter

This has been a busy week full of meetings and there is much to tell you. Before I do, I want to commend the House Resource Committee Chairs on their dedication to hearing the Governor’s oil and gas credit and mining tax bills and holding sometimes two meetings a day. These are very complex issues and each hearing I feel like we learn something new about these industries and these credits. There will be an opportunity for public comment on both bills in the near future. I will be sure to keep you all informed about when that is.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: With deep sadness, the Passing of a Dear Friend

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter

My team and I are full steam ahead this session already and we are making real progress toward understanding the full breadth of Alaska’s new budget challenges. Also, I have proposed a new piece of legislation that I am excited to share with you. More important than this was some tragic news of just yesterday: amidst the whirlwind of activity this session, a dear friend and member of my caucus, Representative Max Gruenberg passed away this weekend and will be sincerely missed by all.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: State of the State & Important Legislation

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter

We are now three weeks into the second session of the 29th Legislature and things are really starting to pick up. Committees are meeting regularly and they are beginning to dig into the Governor’s fiscal plans. The budget is the dominating issue this session and everything that we do will be looked at through that lens. Governor Walker’s plan has much to recommend —it is a good first effort. However, there is much in it that gives me pause. But, it is ultimately just an outline that is likely to change as it makes its way through the legislative process. I would encourage everyone to stay involved and to let your voices be heard!

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: NSAP & the U-Med

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter

This morning Governor Walker released the details of his New Sustainable Alaska Plan (NSAP) to the public. This announcement came one day after the publication of the new Revenue Sources Book, which breaks down how much Alaska really made during the previous fiscal year. Alaska finds itself in a fiscal crisis highlighted by multi-billion dollar state deficits. I cannot say that I agree with all of the Governor’s policies at first glance. I believe that to say “yes” or “no” to all or some of the Governor’s proposals at this time would be premature since we haven’t had an opportunity to study the impacts.

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