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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Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: February 14th Update From Juneau

Rep. Wool Newsletter

I hope everyone is having a great winter. It’s warmer but rainier here in Juneau – I miss Fairbanks even this time of year. I appreciate the weekends I’ve been able to come home. I’ll be sending an update on legislative efforts to solve Alaska’s budget crisis soon. In the meantime I want to inform you about activities in the committees I chair and co-chair.

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Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Legislature Must Address Alaska’s Budget Crisis This Session

Rep. Wool Newsletter

This session I’m proud to be part of the new Alaska House Majority Coalition that includes Democratic, Republican and Independent legislators. The Majority formed around the consensus that the Legislature must pass a budget plan THIS year. Alaska cannot afford to wait another year. No one knows what form a budget plan will take, but I’ll be working to ensure it is fair and equitable to all Alaskans; and of course keep you informed on developments as the legislative session progresses.

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Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Breaking Records, and Not The Good Kind

Rep. Wool Newsletter

I’m writing to you on the second day of the fifth special session. We’re breaking records now…and not the good kind. This is the first time in Alaska’s history that there’s been five special sessions in a legislative term. Governor Walker called this special session to consider many of the proposals that didn’t pass during the last special session, including a bill seeking to withdraw money from the Permanent Fund earnings reserve to fund the state budget, bills that would implement an income tax, sales tax, and increases in the motor fuel, mining, fisheries, alcohol, and tobacco taxes, and reconsideration of parts of our oil and gas tax credit system.

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