Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Legislative Progress Despite Stand-Off

As the Governor and House and Senate budget negotiators continue their impasse, I’m using the special session to advance concerns critical to Alaska’s energy needs.

While serving on the Special Committee on Energy, we have been working jointly with the Resources Committee to go over the energy projects listed in the Senate’s capital bill. We just finished almost twelve hours of hearings and are now working on our comments to forward to the House Finance Committee in anticipation bill arriving to the House soon.

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Democrats to U.S. Attorney General: Investigate Alaska Gas Prices

JUNEAU – Today, Alaska Representatives Pete Petersen and Chris Tuck (both D-Anchorage), and Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking that he investigate Alaskan fuel prices as part of his investigation of nationwide gasoline prices.

“Alaska produces more oil than most countries, but Alaskans still pay more at the pump than anyone else in the U.S. Something’s not right,” said Rep. Petersen. “Any investigation into high fuel prices should certainly include a hard look at the situation in Alaska.”

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Road Construction Alert 92nd to Academy Dr / Seward Underpass

A neighbor recently called my office with concerns about a portion of the 92nd Avenue Grade Separation project, which will lift the New Seward Highway above 92nd Avenue. Associated road work would add on/off ramps onto 92nd, rebuild frontage roads and change traffic flow in nearby neighborhoods. Pedestrian routes and some homes in Southwood Manor would also be affected.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Historic Action – Legislature Called Into Special Session

As you may have already heard, the Legislature has been adjourned by the Governor and called into special session beginning today.

I am very disappointed that the Legislature was not able to follow the mandate from the voters to finish our business in 90 days. It is the Legislature’s duty to cooperate to advance Alaska’s interests, and I want to see results through cooperation. I am prepared, however, to stay in Juneau as long as it takes to get the job done and make sure the people’s business is finished.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Last Week of Session Brings Successes, Unfinished Business

Dear Neighbors,

With less than one week remaining in the Legislative Session, things are heated up in the Capital.

Now that the logjam created by three weeks of oil tax debate has broken, committees are ramping up in reviewing legislation, budgets are under heavy discussion, and the House is voting on four to twelve bills every day. I’m in the office at least from 7am until 10pm every day of the week, and am working hard for our best interests.

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