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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 | 0 0 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 | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Why I’m restoring Alaska Hire requirements
On June 10, my administration issued an Alaska Hire determination to require that Alaskans get at least 90 percent of jobs on state public projects. At a time when our capital budgets are severely constricted, it doesn’t make sense to spend our limited Alaska tax dollars paying the salaries of out of state residents. Conversely, requiring Alaska Hire is good public policy and will help Alaska’s economy. For many y...
Jun 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Building A Sustainable Future: Conversations With Alaskans
Next weekend, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott and I will kick off a series of conversations about the future of our state. The essence of these conversations is: What do we want our state to look like? What services do we want our government to provide? How will we pay for those services? As most of you know, the price of oil fell precipitously over the past year, and with it, Alaska’s biggest source of revenue. Alaska...
Jun 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Legislative session enters final week
Greetings from Juneau. There are just a few days left in this year’s legislative session, which is scheduled to adjourn Sunday, April 19. A lot will happen this week as lawmakers and the administration work on their priority legislation in hopes of completing the session within 90 days. The biggest item still unresolved is the operating budget. Earlier this month, the Senate approved a $4 billion budget for next y...
Apr 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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House report: Looking for input
Greetings from Juneau! I’d appreciate if you could take a few minutes to share your experiences and opinions about a few issues currently being debated by the legislature. Your input, as my constituents, is important as I make decisions and cast votes. Here are three bills which are currently being debated and I’d love to know what you think: Senate Bill 6, “Eliminate Daylight Savings Time,” eliminates Daylight Sa...
Apr 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Look for sign at ComFish: Free beer tomorrow
Kodiak is all about fish and I’d like to begin this letter by sending a big congratulations to local angler Mike Olsen! Mike caught a 30.4-pound king to beat out 1,321 other anglers and win the top prize in the Homer Winter King Tournament. Speaking of fish, ComFish Alaska 2015 will be April 2-4 at the Kodiak Convention Center. There is a vendor meet and greet from 4-5 p.m. and free beer (while it lasts). Departme...
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Budget cuts will impact all agencies
Hello again. With three weeks left until the legislature’s scheduled adjournment on Sunday, April 19, the Capitol building is a busy place. While Senate and House committees continue their discussions on various bills, the Senate Finance Committee will be holding additional hearings on next year’s Operating Budget (HB 72) including public testimony early this week. A Senate floor vote on the budget is scheduled fo...
Mar 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization moves forward with Young at helm
Almost 40 years ago, without regard for the conservation of our fisheries or the needs of the Alaskan people, foreign fishing fleets dominated the waters off Alaska’s shores and took anything and everything in their reach. Ask anyone familiar with the times, deck lights of foreign vessels — dozens if not more — could be seen just miles off the coast of Kodiak and other coastal communities. Recognizing the need for...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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House report: Halfway through the session
We are now over the halfway mark for this session and we had a late night in the House of Representatives. After weeks of financial review and committee deliberation, the House signed off on a historic $375 million reduction to the state’s operating budget. The operating budget funds state agencies, facilities, and service programs, such as fisheries management, education and day-to-day ferry operations. Alaska’s ...
Mar 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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