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. Spohnholz’s June 8th Newsletter: Special Session Frustration on Day 21

Rep. Spohnholz's newsletter

It is day 21 of the Special Session focused on our fiscal situation and Alaskans are frustrated. The legislature has not gotten its work done and we continue to have fiscal uncertainty despite extending the regular session to 120 days and the Governor calling us back into a Special Session focused on a fiscal plan. As I sit here in my office in the Capitol, with no committee meetings on my schedule, I am frustrated too.

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Rep. Spohnholz’s May 24th Newsletter: Special Session Update

Rep. Spohnholz's newsletter

The regular session is over and we have begun a special session dedicated to a fiscal plan for Alaska and legislation addressing opioid addiction . While I wish we had been able to finish this work in the regular session, these issues are important enough to deserve the extra effort to resolve them. There is no more important job of the legislature than to pass a solid fiscal plan.

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