Rep. Seaton’s April 10th Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 84th day of session. The Senate passed the operating budget. The House will not agree with their cuts, including those to education, so the next step will be appointing the conference committee. There is more information about the Senate’s cuts below under the Operating Budget section.

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Rep. Seaton’s April 3rd Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 77th day of session. Our coalition remains committed to working toward a fiscal solution that is fair and balanced for all Alaskans, is sustainable over time, and addresses the whole deficit. The finance committee put in many hours this week working on HB 115, the State Revenue Restructuring Act. Thank you to everyone who participated in the second round of public testimony. It is clear that many Alaskans have put time and energy into understanding the issues and solutions facing our state. The work continues today and tomorrow as we address technical and policy amendments.

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EVENT: Tuesday’s Press Availability Will Include Reps. Edgmon, Tuck, Seaton, and Parish

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Participants will include Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer), and House Community and Regional Affairs Committee Co-Chair Rep. Justin Parish (D-Juneau).

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Rep. Seaton’s March 27th Newsletter

Rep. Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau this 70th day of session. Work towards a fiscal solution continues in earnest throughout the capitol. The finance committee spent hours last week considering HB 111, which looks to reform our oil and gas tax credit system to limit state liability and increase revenues when prices are higher. A key part of a stable fiscal plan is ensuring that the state balance sheet is protected against an accumulation of costly credits during low prices or because of bad investments by the oil companies. Thank you to all the Alaskans who came out Saturday to testify on HB 111.

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NEWS: Responsible Budget Passes the Alaska House of Representatives

JUNEAU – The Alaska House of Representatives today formally passed a fully funded operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 that ensures the delivery of essential services and protects the Alaska economy. The $5.1 billion General Fund operating budget reduces spending on agency and statewide operations by a net of $82.5 million compared to the 2017 budget, even after Governor Bill Walker’s vetoes.

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