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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NEWS: Lawmakers Must Use the First Special Session to Focus on Alaska’s Fiscal Future

Juneau – The First Regular Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature ended tonight with clear differences between the Alaska House Majority Coalition and the Alaska Senate Majority on the need for a comprehensive fiscal plan to address the ongoing recession and the $2.7 billion budget gap. Both majority organizations wanted the ten-day extension allowed for in the Alaska Constitution, but the House Republican Caucus refused to provide enough votes in favor. In response, Governor Bill Walker is calling the Alaska Legislature into a Special Session to start on Thursday. 

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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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