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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 ...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 (...
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Capitol Report: Jan. 27
Hello again from Juneau, where lawmakers have gathered for the second session of the 28th Alaska State Legislature following our nine-month interim. The interim was busy time and included many personal and professional highlights, the top among them being the arrival of my first grandchild, Isadora, in September. During the interim, I completed my term as the national chairman of the Council of State Governments. ...
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Thank you to everyone who is working to repeal the Oil Giveaway
This holiday season, I have been incredibly grateful for all the Alaskans who are working to defend our resource wealth. In the 60 years since I worked alongside many great Alaska leaders to draft our constitution, I’ve never seen such an outpouring of support for our Alaska values. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who gathered petitions to put repeal of the oil giveaway on the ballot. Thank you to the 50,0...
Jan 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 165 165 recommendations | email to a friend
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Byron Mallott’s vision for Alaska in 2014
There is a special pride that comes from being Alaskan: pride in the fishermen helping feed the world; the oil workers coaxing a national energy resource out of the frozen tundra; the small business owners who are creating new jobs and new opportunities; the public employees providing for essential needs; and teachers and first responders who strengthen every one of our communities. As Alaskans, we have always tak...
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