NEWS: Democrats Call For Return to Work

JUNEAU – The House Democratic Independent Coalition and the Senate Democrats will be holding a press availability at 1pm, TODAY, at the Anchorage LIO to discuss the disappointing lack of progress in the special session and to announce a plan of action for public hearings. 

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NEWS: Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Members Oppose Legislative Break While Vital Legislation Hangs in Limbo

JUNEAU – Today, the Majority organizations in the House and Senate voted to give themselves a vacation by passing House Concurrent Resolution 101. It allows both bodies to recess until May 12. HCR 101 was passed along caucus lines. All thirteen members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition and the five members of the Alaska Senate Democrats opposed the resolution.

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NEWS: The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Pledges Continued Work and Negotiations in Juneau for Fully Funded Budget

JUNEAU – The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition concurs with Governor Bill Walker in his call for lawmakers to continue working towards a fully funded budget before taking a break from the special session in Juneau. On Monday, without support from the 13 members of the Coalition, the House and Senate Majorities approved a FY 2016 budget that includes a five percent cut to public education and spending over $3 billion more than available revenue. This flawed budget could result in the elimination of vital state services as soon as August.

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Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Overtime News: Standing up for Fairbanks Schools

Rep. Wool Newsletter

The legislative session has moved into overtime to finalize the budget. I am disappointed that we were not able to reach an agreement yet, but there is too much at stake to go home before the job is done. At stake is whether the Legislature will adequately fund our schools, allow the Interior Energy Project to go forward, and pass Medicaid expansion and reform that Alaska’s business community has been championing with Governor Walker.

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NEWS: Alaska Senate Passes Legislation to Expand the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

Rep. Adam Wool

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) to expand the popular Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks. House Bill 70 passed the Senate by a vote of 20-0. The bill previously passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 37-1. HB 70 will now go back to the House for concurrence due to minor changes made during the committee process in the Senate.

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Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Budget Update and Bills on the Move

Rep. Wool Newsletter

We’re down to the last two weeks of the legislative session, which is scheduled to end on April 19. As we get down to the end of session the pace has picked up and our floor sessions have been getting longer as we debate more bills and resolutions. You can follow online by watching committee meetings at AKL.tv and floor session at GavelAlaska.com.

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