Other Committee Newsletters

Rep. Seaton’s January 30th Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 14th day of session. On Thursday I had the privilege to see Lance Peterson receive the Individual Artist award from the governor. Lance has spent decades crafting quality theatre on the Homer spit and inspired many community members to step onto the stage. This award is well deserved.

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Rep. Seaton’s January 23rd Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this second week of session. Committees and finance subcommittees are both quickly digging into their work. If you are interested in a particular department, I encourage you to follow on akleg.gov and to contact the subcommittee chair.

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Rep. Seaton’s December 22nd Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Happy holidays! I thought I would take a few moments before the New Year kicks off to share how I envision this legislative session unfolding and to introduce you to my staff. I’ll also provide a brief outline of the governor’s proposed budget. As released, the budget includes reductions, wage freezes, and the expectation of a plan to draw on the Permanent Fund Earnings Reserve, but the budget is still not fully balanced.

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Rep. Seaton’s June 13th Newsletter – Special Session

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 22nd day of the 4th special session of the 29th Legislature. We have a week left in this 30-day session called by the governor. Although time delays in the movement of legislation are usual, the budget which passed on May 31 has not yet been transmitted to the governor for possible vetoes [the governor has the authority to veto individual line items but still sign the budget as a whole, but not until the bill has officially been transmitted or sent to him- until then it is still in possession of the legislature]. The budget must be signed by July 1 to be in effect at the start of the new fiscal year.

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Rep. Seaton’s June 6th Newsletter – Special Session

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 15th day of the 4th special session of the 29th Legislature. Wow, we are still at it but at least we got the budgets passed in time to avoid the June 1 deadline by which public employee job layoff notices would have gone out. Starting today many legislators are losing housing due to Celebration – the long scheduled biennial Alaska Native dance and culture festival for southeast Alaska.

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Rep. Seaton’s May 30th Newsletter – Special Session

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 8th day of the 4th special session of the 29th Legislature. It is disappointing that little progress has been made on the important issues related to the budget and sustainable fiscal plan. It has generally been agreed that the oil and gas tax/credit bill needed to be resolved first because members are very reluctant to continue paying hundreds of millions of dollars out of the treasury to oil and gas companies while at the same time we would be asked to reduce the PFD by a similar amount to achieve a sustainable fiscal plan.

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