Other Committee Newsletters

Rep. Seaton’s July 17th Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

On Saturday the House and Senate reached a compromise and passed HB 111, the oil and gas tax credit bill, and ended the second special session of the 30th legislature. The compromise takes the immediate step of ending cash credits statewide and includes some sideboards to protect the state from an unaffordable high future liability. Hopefully the public commitment that both bodies made to a working group will ensure that further oil and gas reforms will be addressed. A stable oil and gas tax system that the state can afford is key to a complete fiscal plan and this is a step in the right direction.

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Rep. Seaton’s July 10th Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings on this the 25th day of the second special session. We had a sunny Independence Day last week in Anchor Point and Homer and lots of people turned out to watch the parades. I was also pleased to be on the Coffee Table last Wednesday to discuss items such as the budget and oil and gas reform. These are complicated topics but ones that are important to all Alaskans; I hope listeners found the discussion informative.

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Rep. Seaton’s July 3rd Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings and happy Fourth of July! This week I am back in the district. If your group would like to contact me, please call the Homer office at 235-2921 to schedule a meeting as I am often on the road and may be heading back to Juneau at some point. I plan on participating in Fourth of July events around Homer and Anchor Point tomorrow, and Wednesday I will be on KBBI’s Coffee Table; tune in at 9 am for a discussion of the state’s budget challenges.

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Rep. Seaton’s June 26th Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau. Late Thursday evening, the legislature was able to pass an operating budget to avoid a government shutdown. The budget includes several compromises between the House and Senate versions; the final version cuts $128.7 million in unrestricted general fund spending from last year’s budget. The House held strong on the commitment to fully fund K-12 education and pupil transportation.

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Rep. Seaton’s June 17th Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Good morning on this the 2nd day of the second special session. Last Thursday evening, the House passed a combined capital and operating budget in an attempt to avoid a government shutdown. Combining the two budgets was unusual, but we were running out of time in the first special session to pass the capital budget and we had not yet negotiated a successful operating budget compromise.

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Rep. Seaton’s June 12th Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau on this 26th day of the first special session of the 30th Legislature. I continue to work for a sustainable fiscal solution to our state’s declining revenue, but have had little success dealing with the Senate. We are quickly approaching the end of the first special session and if we have not passed a budget within the allowable time, the Governor may call us back into a second special session.

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