NEWS: Lawmakers Put Aside Party Labels to Form a New House Majority

The Goal is to Solve Alaska’s Fiscal Crisis and End the Partisan Dysfunction in Juneau FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9, 2016 Anchorage – In the wake of an historic election, a new majority caucus has formed in the Alaska House of Representatives.  The new House Majority is made up of 22 Republicans, Democrats, and Independents …

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NEWS: Surrogates for Big Oil Grade on a Curve to the Detriment of the Alaska People

Anchorage – Today, a group of organizations that support continued giveaways to the oil and gas industry in Alaska released grades for the members of the Alaska Legislature. Republican-led Majority lawmakers who support policies to continue unsustainable oil industry cash subsidies received passing grades. The members of the Minority in the Alaska House of Representatives, who have consistently fought for common sense reforms, all received F grades.

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NEWS: Representative Adam Wool Applauds Governor Walker’s Veto of Credit History for Insurance Rate Bill

Rep. Adam Wool

Fairbanks — Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) released the following statement on Governor Walker’s veto of Senate Bill 127:

“Alaskans shouldn’t have to fear that when their insurance is renewed, their rates might go up based on their credit history. It doesn’t make sense to change someone’s insurance rates on this irrelevant factor without their consent. Your credit history doesn’t affect whether or not you’re a safe driver or responsible homeowner. I’m pleased Governor Walker vetoed this harmful piece of legislation,” said Rep. Wool.

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NEWS: House Ends Historic Fifth Special Session Without Progress on a Comprehensive Fiscal Plan

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives adjourned the Fifth Special Session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. Lawmakers were unable to reach consensus on the components of the fiscal plan proposed by Alaska Governor Bill Walker. Despite the setback, the members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC) remain committed to finding acceptable solutions to close the budget gap that can garner approval from the Governor, the Alaska Legislature, and the people of Alaska.

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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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NEWS: Much Good and Some Bad in Governor Walker’s Line Item Budget Vetoes

Anchorage – Earlier today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker used his line-item veto power to cut $1.29 billion from the FY 2017 budgets. The veto includes $430 million in tax credit and other payments to the oil and gas industry down to the statutory minimum requirement of $30 million. The veto of the oil tax credit money is supported by members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC) in the Alaska House of Representatives.

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NEWS: Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Supports Long Overdue Decision to Drop Failed Lawsuit to Stop Medicaid Expansion in Alaska

Anchorage – Earlier today, a majority of the members of the Alaska Legislative Council voted to stop the lawsuit challenging Medicaid expansion in Alaska. The lawsuit was dismissed in March by a Superior Court Judge after finding that the Social Security Act allowed the Governor to initiate Medicaid expansion and that existing state law required Governor Walker to provide Medicaid to the group of Alaskans eligible for expansion. The Alaska Legislative Council is made up of members of both the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska Senate and it represents the Alaska Legislature in some instances when the Legislature is not in session. Today’s action by the Legislative Council stops an appeal of the lawsuit to the Alaska Supreme Court.

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