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Candidates loathe to touch PFD
Hello from Juneau. The second session of the 29th Alaska State Legislature is under way and a lot of work awaits lawmakers between now and adjournment. Over the next few months, legislators will debate a wide range of topics, none more important than the fiscal year 2017 budget. With a projected deficit of $3.5 billion, and predictions for low oil prices to continue for the foreseeable future, developing a budget ...
Jan 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Proposal would put revenue into Alaska Permanent Fund
It’s time to put our wealth to work By now, most of you know we have a budget challenge: Over the past two years, Alaska’s oil revenue has plummeted by 88 percent, mainly due to a sharp drop in oil prices. We’ve cut the budget from $8 billion in 2012 to $4.8 billion. Despite these reductions, our deficit amounts to more than half our annual budget. If we do nothing, we’re on a course to drain the constitutional bu...
Jan 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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October interim report
A little over three months remain in the interim, but it will not be long before legislators return to the Capitol in Juneau as Governor Walker has called us into this year’s third special session, which is scheduled to begin Saturday, October 24th. During the special session, we will consider two key issues related to development of a liquefied natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to tidewater at a cost of $...
Oct 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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High-level talks on Air Force One
I was not quite a teenager when I had my first interaction with the federal government. In 1963, I was awarded the janitorial contract for the Valdez post office. Every day for an hour before school, I cleaned the building. I was excited because it meant income for my family as we struggled to put food on the table. Then a postal inspector learned the janitor was a 12-year-old boy. He said he would revoke my contr...
Sep 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
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Oil tax reforms wrongly left out of fiscal proposals
I appreciate vibrant discussion on public policy. But some are proposing revenue plans that notably ask individuals to pay, and leave Alaska's three major oil companies, who profit handsomely even at low oil prices in Alaska, out of plans to address our fiscal gap. That's a recipe for a public backlash. It's good to put everything on the table for people to debate, so policymakers can listen. It's wrong to write o...
Aug 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Time for Alaskans to Pull Together
This past week has been a tough one for Alaskans. On Tuesday, we learned that heavy rainfall had triggered six landslides in Sitka, and three men—beloved residents—were missing. The next morning, I headed to Sitka. The devastation was staggering. Family members and friends were on-site, hoping for a miracle and fearing the worst. I listened. I wished I could do more to ease their pain. I felt some of the same emot...
Aug 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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NOAA agrees to emergency groundfish measure
After hearing from many of you, and making a number of calls to our congressional delegation, a solution to the groundfish closure has been reached. As requested by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, NOAA Fisheries is implementing an emergency rule to provide an additional 1,600 chinook salmon prohibited species catch allowance to the Gulf of Alaska groundfish trawl fisheries for the Non-Rockfish Progra...
Aug 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
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August Interim Report
A busy July has given way to an active August as the legislative interim continues. July’s major news was Governor Walker’s decision to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage in Alaska. The state estimates about 40 thousand uninsured Alaskans will receive coverage, and 4 thousand new jobs will be created. As you probably know, the governor used his power of executive order to accept federal funding for...
Aug 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
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July interim report
The legislature entered the interim after passing the Fiscal Year 2016 budget on June 11. Although there has not been an official announcement yet, we may be called back into special session this fall to consider matters related to the development of a natural gas pipeline. Throughout the next six months, various legislative committees will also hold meetings in preparation for next year’s session, which begins on...
Jul 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
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New fiscal year offers fresh start for addressing Alaska’s economic future
On June 29, I signed into law the budget bills passed by the legislature. For fiscal year 2016, we will spend $1 billion less than we spent last year. This is a 19 percent overall reduction with an average 13.5 percent cut to executive branch agencies, and cuts of over 30 percent in the Department of Commerce and the Governor’s Office. Even with these reductions, we still have to draw $2.7 billion from savings to ...
Jul 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
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