NEWS: Budget Compromise Achieved, Government Shutdown Averted

Juneau – Tonight, to avert the looming government shutdown, the Alaska State Legislature passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget. The compromise budget totals $4.1 billion in Unrestricted General Fund (UGF) spending and sets this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend at $1,100. The K-12 Base Student Allocation (BSA) will be fully funded at $1.2 billion, the same level of funding as the current year. This reverses the $69 million cut to education advanced by the Alaska Senate. 

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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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EVENT: Coalition Press Availability This Morning to Discuss the First Special Session

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability this morning to answer questions from reporters covering the First Special Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Participants will include Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), House Finance Committee Co-chair Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer), and House Rules Committee Chair Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage).

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NEWS: House Moves to Prevent Government Shutdown with Passage of Combined Operating and Capital Budgets

Juneau – Tonight, to avoid a government shutdown at the beginning of the month, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a combined Capital and Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The House budgets reverse the Senate’s $69 million cut to K-12 education and most of the cut to the University of Alaska. Additionally, the Capital Budget restored the full amount of expected Permanent Fund Dividends, which will be paid in the fall to eligible Alaskans.

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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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