The House Passed a Budget and Survey Results are in!

On Thursday, April 11th, the House passed a budget for the State of Alaska. We have spent the last month and a half digging into department budgets, asking critical questions, analyzing impacts of potential cuts, and taking amendments at all levels – in the Subcommittees, in the Full House Finance, and on the Floor. The budget now goes to the Senate. Below are some of the highlights of the passed budget (HB39).

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See you tomorrow!

If you are in Ketchikan, please join me tomorrow at the Ted Ferry Civic Center from noon until 3:00pm. Together with the City and Borough of Ketchikan, I will be listening to public input on the Alaska state budget.

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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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