The Budget Subcommittee Process has Begun

Earlier this month, the House Finance Committee began having subcommittee meetings. Each Finance Subcommittee is responsible for taking a close look at a particular department budget. I am the Chair of the Education, Fish & Game, and Environmental Conservation Finance Subcommittees, which means I lead the budget discussions for each of these departments. The subcommittee process will end in a little less than two weeks, and from there, each agency budget will be heard in the full Finance Committee meetings.

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Feedback Needed: Budget Process Is Beginning

I am honored to announce that I will be a Majority member on the Finance Committee again this session. I will be Chair of three Finance Subcommittees, which means I will guide the budget process for the following departments: Education & Early Development, Fish & Game, and Environmental Conservation.

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NEWS: House Creates Special Committee on Tribal Affairs

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives created the first ever House Special Committee on Tribal Affairs. Creation of such a committee has long been a goal of Representative Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham), Alaska’s first Alaska Native Speaker of the House.

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Visit to Ketchikan

I’ll be in Ketchikan this weekend! I hope to see you while I am in town. On Saturday, I am inviting everyone to have coffee with me at the Landing. Join me at the Landing Board Room from 10am to noon. Coffee is on me – all you have to bring is questions, concerns, or suggestions for the upcoming legislative session.

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Governor’s Budget Out Tomorrow

With a split of 20-20, the House still has failed to organize. Although I am frustrated with the current standstill, it is not because of apathy or lack of trying. Every day, House members meet for hours to negotiate. There are dozens of ideas floating around, and I am only one member of 40, each with their own agenda. As the sole Independent in the legislature, I am working with a variety of people every day to build a majority that values similar priorities to Southern Southeast. I ask for your continued patience so that I can put District 36 in the best position this legislative session.

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Session is Underway: Finance Overviews, a Supplemental Budget, and News Back Home

Legislative Session is underway! Although the House has been slow to organize, we are still doing finance overviews in preparation for the Governor’s Amended Budget, which will be published no later that February 13th. The Senate is also holding similar informational meetings, usually with presentations from a variety of State Departments. If you would like to watch these meetings or read the associated documents, check out AK Leg: Meetings.

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Coalition to Hold State of State Press Availability Tuesday Night

Juneau – State Representatives with the Alaska House Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday night following the annual State of the State Address from Governor Michael J. Dunleavy. Participants will include Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), Rep. Neal Foster (D-Nome), and Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak).

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