Rep. Seaton’s May 2nd Newsletter
Greetings from Juneau on this 105th day of the second legislative session. We are still in negotiations on oil taxes (HB 247). Discussion is happening in small and big groups. There have been no official committee meetings because we are still working on the elements of a bill that can get 21 votes to pass. These credits remain a core issue. It will be tough to get enough votes on revenue proposals or the budget without a compromise on oil taxes first, then getting the necessary ¾ vote will be even harder.
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Rep. Seaton’s April 25th Newsletter
Greetings from Juneau on this 98th day of the second legislative session. Though we attempted to get all the work done in 90 days, with some very contentious issues still on the table we are trying to finish within an extended session timeframe. The voter initiative for a 90 day session limit was passed in 2007, but the constitution allows a session length up to 120 days. A special session is a 30-day call, made by either the governor or the legislature, to deal with designated items, so this is not yet a true special session. Almost all the items now under consideration revolve around money and how to pay for services as the drop in oil price has left us with a $4.1 billion deficit for our $5.5 billion state funded budget!
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