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Just Take a Trawler and Processor Lobbyist’s Advice
As reported about Monday’s fishery working group meeting, anthropologist Courtney Carothers’ preliminary survey findings showed 77 percent of respondents believing fish privatizations lead to a downturn of the local economy. The National Academy of Science’s study does not support a finding that fisheries would be better managed if they were private rather than public resources. What saturated the results was a wi...
Jul 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 486 486 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: July 15
Hello! So far it’s been a busy summer, complimented with great weather and a strong salmon run. I hope you are all having an excellent summer also. Here are tidbits of what my office has been working on since session got out. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and encourage any of you that want to address upcoming legislative issues to call my office and set up an appointment before winter sets in and t...
Jul 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 463 463 recommendations | email to a friend
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Diversity — A concept that’s on the money
In the shadows of the Chugach, the Anchorage neighborhood of Mountain View is a bustling community that boasts the most diverse census tract in the entire United States of America, according to recent research. Walking down the street or entering a restaurant, you encounter a wide range of Alaskans speaking dozens of different languages. It’s our own 907 ‘melting pot,’ and there are dozens of such areas around our...
Jul 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 443 443 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Pursuit of Happiness — Without Government Interference
Not too long ago, I had the honor of nominating an Alaskan family as “Angels in Adoption,” a celebration of the selflessness shown by foster care families and those who adopt children. They arrived in Washington, DC, a military family who had opened their doors to not one child but four siblings to make sure that these sisters and brother had the simplest gift you can give a child: a home together. We had lunch to...
Jun 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 492 492 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: May 24
Hello from Kodiak. Returning home after session this year, my wife Rita and I were greeted with great spring weather, a few rain showers, but this is Alaska and it is needed and we continue to wait for warm weather and great fishing. So far it has been a busy interim; I have had the pleasure of visiting some of my new district. In April both Rita and I were warmly welcomed in the Bristol Bay Borough for the Naknek...
May 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 498 498 recommendations | email to a friend
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Guest Opinion: Repeal and replace the giveaway
Alaska is on the cusp of another historic mistake with the signing governor’s oil wealth giveaway — a much bigger mistake than the Seward grain terminal or the Anchorage fish plant. In fact, Alaskans stand to lose more in a month than we lost for those two projects combined. The giveaway’s own backers call it a “gamble” and a “crapshoot,” and the Legislative Finance Division says it will put the state in the hole ...
May 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 467 467 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: April 8
Hello again from Juneau. With the legislatives session slated to adjourn this coming Sunday, the Capitol building is an active place. As you probably know, the governor’s bill to cut oil taxes, which I voted against, is now in the House finance committee after passing out of the House resources committee last week, and there is much speculation that the bill either will not make it to the floor for a vote by April...
Apr 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 464 464 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alan Austerman Capitol Report
The last few weeks have been extremely busy in the Capitol. As I reported previously, the House transmitted its version of the operating budget to the Senate on March 14. The Senate finance committee adopted their version of the operating budget on March 26. That budget appropriates nearly $50 million more in General Funds than the House’s budget. The next steps in the operating budget process will take place earl...
Apr 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 436 436 recommendations | email to a friend
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Important public comment opportunity about Pebble Mine
The potential for damage to fish habitat from the mining of sulfide mineral deposits like Pebble is a recognized fact. Addressing this risk to Bristol Bay's salmon habitat presents a large hurdle for permitting the Pebble mine. The Pebble Partnership has long stated that “development of Pebble should be based on the established, stringent regulatory process and sound science, not politics. Pebble's CEO John Shivel...
Mar 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 194 194 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report
Hello again from Juneau. With less than three weeks remaining until the legislature’s scheduled adjournment on April 14, the capitol is a busy place, with oil taxes and the budget occupying a great deal of the discussion. As you probably know, the governor’s bill to reduce oil taxes, SB 21, passed the Senate on an 11-9 vote and is under discussion in the House. While I share the goal of increasing oil production, ...
Mar 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 195 195 recommendations | email to a friend
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