ANCHORAGE — Following the amendment that the House Minority tacked on to Senate Bill 3006, legislators heard from healthcare workers and the Department of Health and Social Services, who advise that the bill in its current form is more detrimental than beneficial in enabling hospitals to address the COVID emergency. On that advice, the bill will not be sent back to the floor.
ANCHORAGE — The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing today on legislation that would solve the state's structural budget deficit while also keeping the state on track to permanently provide healthy dividends to Alaskans.
JUNEAU — Today, Speaker Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) released the following statement affirming the House Majority Coalition's support for the governor to immediately declare a temporary 30-day disaster declaration on the COVID-19 pandemic:
JUNEAU — Following the introduction of the Governor's bill S.B. 3006, House Health and Social Services Co-Chairs Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky (D-Bethel) and Rep. Liz Snyder (D-Anchorage) released the following joint statement:
JUNEAU — Gov. Mike Dunleavy today added legislation to the call of the current special session that will allow lawmakers to appropriate this year's Permanent Fund Dividend and restore funding for Alaska Performance Scholarships and the WWAMI School of Medical Education.
JUNEAU — The Legislative Council voted earlier this week to accept the Juneau Community Foundation’s donation of the Assembly Building located at 211 Fourth Street in Juneau to the Legislature’s Capitol complex. With this gift, the complex now totals five adjacent buildings.
Before adjourning on Tuesday, the legislature funded a $1,110 PFD for the second time this year. Governor Dunleavy has signed it into law which means Alaskans can count on a dividend to be paid in October.
After Governor Dunleavy vetoed the Permanent Fund Dividend, Alaska Legal Services, public radio, care for foster children, and numerous other programs, he called a special session without putting an appropriations bill on the agenda.
Great news: A court has rejected Governor Dunleavy's attempt to "sweep" the Power Cost Equalization endowment into the General Fund. This is great news, and protects affordable energy for 82,000 Alaskans in nearly 200 rural communities.
I’ve heard over and over from people in our neighborhood in support of a balanced budget that protects core services and our Permanent Fund savings. Now I want to make sure all legislators hear your voice as the state’s fiscal plan working group takes public testimony.