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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NEWS: Lawmakers Must Use the First Special Session to Focus on Alaska’s Fiscal Future

Juneau – The First Regular Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature ended tonight with clear differences between the Alaska House Majority Coalition and the Alaska Senate Majority on the need for a comprehensive fiscal plan to address the ongoing recession and the $2.7 billion budget gap. Both majority organizations wanted the ten-day extension allowed for in the Alaska Constitution, but the House Republican Caucus refused to provide enough votes in favor. In response, Governor Bill Walker is calling the Alaska Legislature into a Special Session to start on Thursday. 

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NEWS: House Moves Toward REAL ID Act Compliance

Rep. Adam Wool

Juneau – Tonight, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Bill 74 to give the Alaska Department of Administration authority to adopt regulations to comply with the Federal REAL ID Act. The bill was sponsored by the House Rules committee at the request of Governor Walker, and carried on the House floor by Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks).

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NEWS: Broad-Based Revenue Proposal Receives Public Support

Juneau – Last night over 100 Alaskans provided public testimony to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on the proposed Education Funding Act, one of the four pillars of the comprehensive fiscal plan put forward by the Alaska House Majority Coalition. A significant majority of those who testified spoke in favor of House Bill 115 and maintaining Alaska’s commitment to public education and the University of Alaska. HB 115 passed the Alaska House of Representatives earlier this month and is under consideration in the Alaska State Senate.

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EVENT: Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Availability Scheduled for Tuesday

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday morning that will include House Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), House Resources Committee Co-chair Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), House Energy Committee Chair Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks), and House Health and Social Services Committee Chair Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage)

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