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Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Significant Development For Fairbanks Natural Gas

Last week, Governor Walker announced that our state-owned corporation, The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), will purchase Fairbanks Natural Gas (FNG). This is an important development in the immediate goal to bring affordable energy to the Interior. I applaud the Governor to keeping with his commitment to help our delegation solve the energy issue in Fairbanks.

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Rep. David Guttenberg

NEWS: Guttenberg Pushes for Action on Natural Gas

FAIRBANKS- At a public meeting yesterday, Representative David Guttenberg (D-Interior/Wade Hampton) asked the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) to investigate the immediate creation of a pilot program for Interior residents to convert to natural gas. Such a program, as envisioned by Rep. Guttenberg, would allow for small batches of residents to convert to natural gas at a discounted rate in anticipation of gas being trucked to Fairbanks.

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Rep. Sam Kito III

Rep. Sam Kito’s Newsletter: Bills on the Move

This week, the education debate has heated up with House Finance releasing a Committee Substitute and considering amendments to the omnibus Education bill (HB 278). The bill that finally came out of the committee included some troubling changes from the Education Committee version. I am especially concerned about the changes to the Teachers Retirement System (TRS), which could cause the insolvency or exhaustion of the trust fund in ten years. This would result in a pay-as-you-go plan that would make active teachers pay for retired teachers and significantly increase the required contribution by active teachers.

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Rep. Andrew Josephson

Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Gasline Talks: Part 2: What have we committed and to whom?

In this second installment about the gasline, I would like to provide you with some basic information about some of the agreements that will allow the project concept to move forward. I have been following the gasline project very closely and will continue to pay close attention as session starts to wind down. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to offer comments on this incredibly important decision.

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Rep. Scott Kawasaki

Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: LNG, GMOs and Flint Hills

On Tuesday evening, the Senate voted 15-5 to advance SB138, the Governor’s Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) proposal. The House will now have a mere 30 days to analyze the details of SB138, weigh the pros and cons, hear from the public, offer amendments and consider the impact to the state. This hurried pace once again has me concerned with the lack of due diligence that has become far too common this legislative session.

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