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America’s Veterans deserve support every day, and Alaska is a great model
My recent message to colleagues on the Senate floor was blunt: You’re either for veterans, or you’re against them. It’s not enough to just make political speeches on Memorial Day or issue solemn statements on the anniversary of D-Day. You also must support our veterans every day of the year, by voting to expand their access to health care, by allocating more dollars to hire doctors, by doing all we can to reduce w...
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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The word Parnell refuses to say…'deficit'
Alaskans take pride knowing we are the largest state with the most lakes, tallest mountains and longest summer days. But there are other extreme facts we aren’t boasting about, nor is our governor willingly discussing. Under Parnell, we have blown through 35 percent of our savings and are saddled with the largest budget deficit in state history. Moreover, the U.S. Department of Census recently announced that Alask...
Jun 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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House report: District 35 fared well in capital budget
This has been an extremely productive year and I feel good about the work that we did on the budget. As the finance operating budget co-chair, my job was to pass out the constitutionally mandated FY15 operating budget which totals $9.1 billion, a reduction of 1.34 billion from the current year. Non-formula agency operations, what most people think of as ‘state government’ operations, were reduced by $51.4 million ...
May 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: April 14
Hello again. The Capitol is a busy place of late as the second session of the Twenty-eighth Alaska State Legislature moves toward its scheduled adjournment on Sunday, April 20th. Among the matters that will likely come down to the final day before being resolved are the Fiscal Year 2015 operating and capital budgets, while many bills will work their way to floor votes before then. FY ’15 Capital Budget On Friday, ...
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House report: Session winding down
It’s hard to believe that there are only 19 days of session left, as there is much to accomplish before we all head back home to our respective Districts. But, as we go through the last couple of weeks, the pace of bill movement will pick up and we will continue to address major session issues like the gasline bill, the omnibus crime bill, the capital budget, and tackling the unfunded liability of PERS/TRS. HB278 ...
Apr 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 129 129 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report for March 28, 2014
Hello again from Juneau. Just a few weeks remain in this year’s legislative session and though some busy days are still ahead for the Senate and House, we are on pace for adjournment on Sunday, April 20. Two of the biggest bills still under consideration are the operating (HB 266 and 267) and capital budget (SB 119) bills. The Senate version of the fiscal year 2015 operating budget should face a Senate floor vote ...
Mar 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 135 135 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Budget hearings to start this week
Hello again from Juneau. With a little over a month remaining in this year’s session, the capitol has been a busy place of late, and more active days are ahead of us as the Senate and House work toward April 20 adjournment. Final decisions on major matters such as the operating and capital budgets, the natural gas pipeline legislation and education funding are likely to come late in the session, but you will see n...
Mar 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 157 157 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: March 3
Hello from Juneau. The halfway point of the 2014 session is rapidly approaching and the Capitol has been abuzz with activity of late. There are more busy days in sight as both legislative bodies continue work on numerous bills and resolutions, including the Fiscal Year 2015 operating and capital budgets. The Senate Education Committee, which I chair, has been focusing on the governor’s omnibus education bill, SB 1...
Mar 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 180 180 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Feb. 14
Hello again. We are almost a third of the way through this year’s legislative session and the pace of work has, as usual, been busy around the Capitol. Two items that seem to be drawing the most attention so far are the school vouchers resolution and the governor’s natural gas pipeline legislation. Education Vouchers This session, I have received a great deal of correspondence on the student vouchers resolution (S...
Feb 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 209 209 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Feb. 4
As the Co-chair of the House Finance Committee The first two weeks of session were incredibly busy. We met which each of the state department heads to get a sense of what they would like to see in FY15 and how that relates to the Governor’s budget proposal. In addition, we have heard many presentations from the Legislative Finance Division, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Department of Revenue (...
Feb 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 229 229 recommendations | email to a friend
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