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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 | 2 2 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 | 1 1 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 | 6 6 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 | 10 10 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 | 8 8 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 | 8 8 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 | 9 9 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 | 9 9 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 | 19 19 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 | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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