Other Committee Newsletters

Rep. Seaton’s May 22nd Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau on this the 5th day of the first special session of the 30th legislature. There was discussion and some agreement with the Senate majority to extend the session the constitutionally allowed 10 days. The House Minority would not agree to contribute the five additional votes needed for the House to reach the necessary two thirds vote, so the House and Senate adjourned on Wednesday night, the 121st day of session.

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Rep. Seaton’s May 15th Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 119th day of session. I hope you were able to enjoy Mother’s Day yesterday, celebrating all mothers, step-mothers, godmothers, foster-mothers and other women that have loved, nurtured, guided and influenced us throughout our lives, and remember those that are no longer with us.

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Rep. Seaton’s May 8th Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 112th day of session. All last week House Finance heard testimony from various sectors of the economy, from industry leaders and nonprofits to municipalities and economists. The question was: How the state’s current fiscal situation affects their constituency and is there a need for a fiscal plan this year. You can watch Friday’s presentations by Jonathan King of Northern Economics and Caroline Schultz with the Governor’s Office.

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Rep. Seaton’s May 1st Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 105th day of session. I want to start this newsletter by thanking all of you for taking time to be part of the process. Your opinions, comments, and questions help move the conversation forward. Whether you agree with my viewpoint or not, every voice counts. I want to hear from you so please keep testifying, calling my office and emailing.

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Rep. Seaton’s April 27th Newsletter: Update: State Reductions & Diversifying Revenue

Rep. Paul Seaton

Hello! Some information came out this week that I wanted to share with you. This past Monday, the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy released their report: Comparing the Distributional Impact of Revenue Options in Alaska. This report compares the impact of different revenue plans being discussed in Juneau this session. The report finds that most Alaska households would pay less under a personal income tax, like our HB 115 School Tax, than they would under a 3% sales tax even if the sales tax exempted food, child care and rent.

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Rep. Seaton’s April 24th Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 98th day of session. I am pleased to share that the Senate Labor & Commerce committee has scheduled hearings for HB 115 Education Funding Act-School Tax every day this week starting Tuesday. As the governor noted in his recent press conference, a broad-based tax is necessary for a balanced fiscal solution.

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