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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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Upcoming Event

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter

I hope you are all doing well on this chilly Friday afternoon. The forecast is calling for a cold weekend, but don’t let that keep you at home! This weekend there are many great activities going on in the Anchorage area. You can see a list of more activities here, but I wanted to bring your attention to one event happening right in the heart of the district.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: End of the Third Special Session

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter

Yesterday the House voted on and passed SB3001, the buyout of TransCanada, by a vote of 39-0. The legislation now goes to the Governor for his signature. The third special session lasted 12 days and featured numerous presentations from the Governor’s cabinet, industry representatives, and state experts. In the end, both the House and the Senate agreed to the Governor’s request for $160 million to increase Alaska’s ownership of the AKLNG project.

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