Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Governor Calls Special Session May 18th

Rep. Wool Newsletter

The extended legislative session is over and the House and Senate failed to agree on a fiscal plan. The Senate majority thinks the state should close most of the $2.5 billion deficit this year with a combination of spending cuts to education and using the Permanent Fund’s investment earnings. To close the remaining deficit of about $500 million, the Senate is putting faith in a “drain and pray” plan: drain state savings and pray for higher oil prices or a large production increase. I think this is a very dangerous and irresponsible bet to make.

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Rep. Wool’s April 20th Newsletter: Alaska State House Working to Solve Alaska’s Fiscal Gap

Rep. Wool Newsletter

Day 90 has passed and the Legislature is still in session. I’d prefer that the Legislature get its business done within the voter-mandated 90 days, but the state Constitution allows the Legislature to continue until Day 121. This year we were presented with a huge challenge so it’s no surprise that we are here in Juneau past day 90 and that’s OK. This is a very important time for our state and we need to make the big and difficult decisions before we adjourn. Even though I really want to be back in Fairbanks with my family and looking after my business I also realize the importance of what’s in front of us.

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Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Opportunity to Testify on HB 115 and PFD Deadline

Rep. Wool Newsletter

Things are starting to ramp up down here in Juneau as we are in the home stretch on day 71 of the session. I am hoping that we can finish in the designated session length of 90 days, however the last two years don’t give me a lot of confidence. The important thing is that we don’t leave until we pass some meaningful legislation towards solving our fiscal crises.

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