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First Session of 30th Alaska State Legislature

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Alaska State Legislature, House District 31

From the Desk of Representative Seaton:
May 15, 2017  Vol. 226

Greetings from Juneau this 119th day of session. I hope you were able to enjoy Mother’s Day yesterday, celebrating all mothers, step-mothers, godmothers, foster-mothers and other women that have loved, nurtured, guided and influenced us throughout our lives, and remember those that are no longer with us.
 
I am disappointed to report that on Friday the Senate voted down HB 115, the Education Funding Act, without allowing a proper committee process or making any effort to reach a compromise.  After a few hearings (several of which were cancelled) the bill was pulled from the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee without any consideration of amendments, and was never heard in Senate Finance.  Instead it was placed straight on the floor to be voted down.  This action shows the Senate Majority’s refusal to consider appropriate broad-based revenues to help solve our fiscal deficit and their insistence that the state continue to operate with a structural deficit.  The House Majority Coalition is fighting for a complete fiscal plan this year because continuing with a structural deficit means continuing the uncertainty that has been freezing business investment decisions in the state and would result in future cuts like those the Senate is proposing to education and the university for this year. 
 
I was concerned by a number of statements by members of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee.  Those statements showed a disregard of the information presented to the committee or seemed to simply cherry pick out of context.  I want to explain to the public the situation so you are not left with incorrect impressions from those statements and also provide links so you can easily check the facts.
 
Senate:  "An income tax would have a very negative impact on our economy"
Opponents continue to mention that they are concerned with the negative impact an income tax would have on an economy that is already in a recession.  But the full picture painted by economists is that any choice we make to fill the deficit will impact the economy, including budget cuts.  According to ISER, cuts to the state budget will lead to the greatest job losses by far, and an income tax would have the least impact, especially on families.
 
Jonathan King of Northern Economics testified in House Finance, and I presented the information to Senate L&C, that any plan without a broad-based tax will lead to 4,500 to 5,000 more jobs lost than a plan implementing an income tax.  This is because for every dollar of income tax revenue only the 80 cents paid by residents is removed from the Alaska economy.  The state will bring in the other 20 cents in new revenues from nonresident workers and state deductions to federal taxes.  Tax revenue collected by the state is spent almost immediately and exclusively in the state economy, whereas a cut to the state budget is only a withdrawal of money from the state's economy.  A plan that includes a broad-based tax also ends the uncertainty that is freezing business investment in the state, whereas a plan that banks on future cuts will only extend that uncertainty and recession. 
 
Senate:  "The loophole to reduce federal taxes based on the state tax you pay may be closed."
I am not concerned with the possibility of a Trump tax plan ending the state tax deduction since almost every state in the nation benefits from that deduction and will fight to keep it.  It is ineffective to delay state polices due to what might some day happen at the federal level; if any major changes do occur, state policies can be updated accordingly.   
 
Senate:  "The middle class will pay the lion's share of state tax."
There were statements made that middle and lower income Alaskans will pay the majority of the tax.  It depends on your definition of middle and low income.  The numbers show that Alaskans making less than $100,000 ($200,000 if filing jointly) make up 93.2% of all returns filed, but will only pay 47.2% of the total income tax.  In fact, a recent report by the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy found that of all revenue options, an income tax would have the smallest effect on low and middle income Alaskans.  (I hope you take a look at the graphs starting on page 16 of the ITEP report which compare the impact of various revenue options to a progressive income tax).

Senate:  "This would be 12th highest marginal tax in the nation."
Statements that the proposed tax would be the 12th highest in the nation are a misleading manipulation of the information.  According to ITEP, the proposed tax would actually be the 4th lowest in terms of the tax collected as a percentage of total personal income in the state.  It is accurate to say that it would be tied for the 12th highest marginal tax rate, which is the 7% tax rate paid for the top income bracket.  But this rate only applies to the income over $250,000 ($500,000 for joint filers).  In most other states the highest tax bracket kicks in at a lower income level.  This means that though other states may have a lower top marginal tax rate their effective tax rate (percentage of total income) will be higher because the top rate would be paid on more income.  It is hard to directly compare state income taxes because there are many differences in rates and deductions, but it is important to note the distinction between the marginal tax rate and the effective tax rate.  You can get a more in-depth description of this through my presentation and talking notes.  If the top rate was simply changed to 6.8% we would be 17th (22nd if you consider those states that also have local income taxes), or eliminating the 7% top rate would change our marginal rank to a 4-way tie for 19th (24th if you consider those with local taxes).  These options were available to the Senate committee but they never proposed a single amendment.
 
The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee heard from two national tax policy groups who noted that it is best to keep any tax as broad as possible (taxing a wide range of income types) because this helps to keep rates low and equitable.  Remember that the tax on income was not isolated but combined with the PFD reduction to give balance across all Alaskan families.
 
Senate:  "Retirement income will be taxed. This could lead to an outmigration of seniors who feel they are already living in a state with a high cost of living."
Seniors generally have reduced income and if so, they would pay little tax.  If they don't have high income, their taxable Social Security is already reduced in calculating adjusted gross income so it would be taxed lightly or not taxed at all.  HB 115 did not exempt retirement income partially to keep the base broad.  I would also note that of the $1.9 billion dollars of taxable retirement income in the state, more than $1 billion comes to the less than 19% of filers that make over $100,000.  Keep in mind that retirement money was originally deposited tax free so those drawing on it after retirement are likely paying a lower tax rate than they would have paid at the time the income was earned.
 
Alaska is the only state without a broad-based tax; with the proposed income tax we would still have the second lowest combined local and state tax burden in the country.  Yes, some people may choose to leave the state because they don't want to pay the tax (though they would be paying higher income or sales tax in any state they move to), but the Mercatus Institute testified that if the tax revenue were invested in improving key services like education you could possibly see an in-migration of people that found the state more attractive because of better services; there are simply too many variables to accurately predict the effect of a tax on population movement.   However, if the Senate objected to including retirement income or to the marginal tax rate, they had ample opportunity to change the bill.  Instead of addressing any of these potential concerns through amendments, they chose not to work toward compromise and instead voted the bill down entirely. 
 
Senate: "It is best to approach such an enormous problem one step at a time."
To that complaint, the facts are simply that this plan was fully phased in one step at a time.  The veto of half the dividend occurred in 2016.  The POMV would start in 2017. The oil tax increase and credit reduction was to start January 2018, and the education income tax would start in January 2019.  The economy requires the certainty of a full plan to allow businesses to invest in a knowable future.
 
Senate:  "The Education Funding Act would allow future legislatures to spend the tax money on anything."
The Alaska Constitution prohibits dedicated funds to make sure one legislature cannot fully bind future legislatures.  To help provide continuity with legislative intent we can use designated funds.  The Public Education Fund is the fund to which deposits can be made from which the money will automatically flow out to fund the K-12 formula without further appropriation.  We can forward fund education by depositing into the Public Education Fund but each legislature must take action to place the money into the fund.  HB115 directed deposit of all the income tax to that fund as best we constitutionally can.  We are creating a motor fuel fund for the same reason of program continuity.  We have created others in the past – like the Power Cost Equalization, the Higher Education Investment Fund, and the Permanent Fund Dividend distributable earnings account.  Each has lasted over time, but as circumstances change legislatures cannot be prohibited from making changes to fit current circumstances.  Since adequately funding of K-12 education is a specific duty of the legislature, I believe the case for the effectiveness of this Public Education Fund designation is even stronger than others.
 
Senate:  "The House agrees with us on some use of the earnings reserve of the Permanent Fund – We should do the one thing we agree on."
There is only enough agreement on the use of the earnings reserve in the House IF we also implement the rest of the plan.  The use of the earnings reserve by itself is too regressive, putting all the weight of pulling us out of recession on only Alaskans, and much more on middle and lower income Alaskans.

The tax included in the Education Funding Act may not be the broad-based revenue the Senate is willing to pass, but they have not put forward any other options for discussion.  And in those discussions the Senate Majority should be honest with the numbers they use to prop up their opposition.
 
In other news...

This weekend the Senate Finance Committee passed out their version of HB 111, oil and gas tax credit reform.  Unfortunately, the Senate version has been stripped of most of the revenue generating pieces that were in the House version.  The Senate version may end direct cash credits, but it converts them into carried forward deductions to the tune of more than $1.4 billion in lost tax revenues by 2027.  The House version also ended direct cash credits but only created $610 million in carried forward deductions.  The House version also increased revenues by $360 million in 2027, in addition to the $145 million saved by ending the cash credits.  A conference committee will have to be appointed to resolve these differences.  With no new revenue options on the table and the Senate refusing to put forward any proposals of their own, I see very little choice but to look for increased oil taxes to fill a part of the deficit.  Unfortunately at these low prices it would be impossible to fill the deficit only from that source.
 
House Finance passed the governor’s opioid bill, HB 159, this past Thursday.  Last summer I served on the Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force, which helped inform the recommendations in this bill, and several of the policy points mirror what was in my HB 344 from last session.  HB 159 would require all prescribers to have continuing education in pain management and substance abuse.  It also limits initial prescriptions to 7 days unless the provider documents a specific need for a longer prescription.  It is important for prescribers and patients alike to know that, according to the CDC, acute pain rarely requires more than a 3-day prescription and that the risk of chronic use increases with each additional day of medication.  Under HB 159 patients now have the option to only partially fill a prescription.  If you are not sure you will need all that was prescribed, you can pick up part of the prescription and not have to worry about safely locking up or disposing the excess you don’t use.  You can always return to the pharmacy to fill the remainder of the prescription if it turns out it is needed.  I believe educational outreach to providers and giving patients an active choice will go a long way to help stem the tide of unnecessary prescriptions.
 
The House and Senate will meet in a Joint Session on the House Floor to consider the Governor’s appointments to various boards and commissions, as well as to appointed positions in state agencies at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, May 16th. ​
 
In follow up from last week, the House voted 25-14 in favor of censuring Rep. Eastman regarding the comments he made about abortions and women in rural Alaska.  I voted in favor of censure and as stated last week, I totally disagree with and disavow his statements.  You can view the ADN story here
 
With the appointment of the operating budget conference committee (more under the Budgets section), we are now under the 24-hour rule.  This means that committees can schedule hearings with only one day’s notice.  My staff will do their best to keep you updated on the House Finance schedule through my Facebook page.  You can also find committee meetings on BASIS or sign up for Bill Tracking to receive email updates regarding hearings on specific bills. 
 
Wednesday, May 17th will be Day 121 of this legislative session.  I believe that the legislature will extend the session for 10 days if both bodies are able to get the required two-thirds affirmative vote.  If that vote is unsuccessful, I expect that the Governor will immediately call a special session with a narrowed focus on key legislative issues.
 
Last, I would like to extend my congratulations to all the Kenai Peninsula College students who graduated this past week.  Congratulations are also extended to several artists from our district who received Rasmuson Foundation awards.   
2017 Fellowships of $18,000 each have been awarded to Breezy Berryman of Homer to turn her original dance into a film; Erin Coughlin Hollowell of Homer for work on her third poetry collection; Tom Kizzia of Homer to complete an essay about McCarthy and two other memoirs.  A 2017 Project Award of $7,500 was awarded to Miranda Weiss of Homer for work on her second book.  You can see samples of each artists work and videos that showcase their accomplishments on the Individual Artists Awards web page. 
 
Together a Broad-Based Tax, House CS-SB26 Permanent Fund Protection Plan, and HB111 Oil & Gas Production Taxes & Credits, along with sensible budget cuts, make up the Alaska House Majority Coalition’s complete, comprehensive and sustainable fiscal plan.  Your testimony, phone calls and emails are helping to shape the Coalition’s four-pillar plan which fully funds our state budget.  To help move the conversation forward contact the Senate:
District 31 email: Sen.Gary.Stevens@akleg.gov For other districts click here
  • Broad-Based Tax:  Email your Senator and get their commitment to include a broad-based tax as part of the fiscal solution this year.
  • House CS-SB26 Permanent Fund Protection Plan:  Email your Senator and request their support for an equitable plan which balances out the PFD reductions with a broad-based tax.
  • HB111:  Email your Senator and ask them to restore the bill to the House version.
More resources and a tax calculator on my website or call my office if you have more questions.
 
Operating & Capital Budgets

Progress is starting to be made on the operating budget.  The Conference Committee was appointed last Friday.  The members from the House are myself (chair), Representative Neal Foster and Representative Lance Pruitt.  The members from the Senate are Senator Lyman Hoffman (chair), Senator Anna MacKinnon and Senator Donny Olson.
 
The Conference Committee will have its organizational meeting this afternoon.  Additional meetings will be held as we negotiate on the nearly 190 budget items subject to the Conference Committee.  I don’t, however, expect the Conference Committee to finish its work until the House and Senate have reached agreement on a long-term, sustainable fiscal plan.
 
Capital
 
The Senate passed its version of the capital budget, SB 23, and the bill is now in House Finance.  Per usual practice SB 23 now also includes the supplemental budget items for the current fiscal year.  The Senate Finance Committee included the entire $288 million from the statutory budget reserve account to fund a portion of the outstanding oil and gas tax credits.  As you know, I do not support making large cash payments for the credits without a long-term stable fiscal plan in place
 
Another amendment adopted on the Senate floor appropriated $50 million from the Alaska LNG Fund to the following:
  • $5 million to the Department of Law for additional prosecutors;
  • $10 million to the Department of Public Safety for additional state troopers;
  • $10 million to the Department of Transportation (DOT) for additional road maintenance and plowing; and
  • $25 million into the Public School Trust Fund. 
While we know that additional prosecutors, troopers and road maintenance are needed, making a one-year appropriation of those amounts is not realistic as there is no guarantee the money would be there next year to sustain these services.  Funding for these items is more appropriate in the operating budget, where the new prosecutors and troopers would have some assurance they would continue to have a job more than one year.  Depositing $25 million into the Public School Trust Fund also is very unusual and would not immediately result in an increase in K-12 funding.  It has just been a few weeks since the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation filed its application with FERC, so I do not believe this is the time to give up on the gasline project or that these appropriations will pass muster in the House.
 
The Senate Finance Committee took the remaining balances of numerous older capital projects to fund DOT’s various match requirements.  I believe that the Senate Finance may have used out-of-date balance estimates in some cases.  I’m also concerned about the Senate’s $2.8 million underfunding of DOT’s federal-aid highway match which leaves behind $30 million of federal funds. 
 
House Finance Co-Chair Rep. Foster is lead on the capital budget which, similar to the past several years, has been reduced to matching funds for Federal dollars.  House Finance took public testimony on SB 23 this past Saturday.  Given that there are very few grants to municipalities or other named recipients, there was very little public testimony.  We heard from 17 folks from around the state, many advocating for a full fiscal plan.  I anticipate that House Finance will introduce a committee substitute early this week. 

FY18 Budgets & District 31
 
As noted above, the operating budget conference committee is scheduled to start meeting as of today.  At this time, no decisions have been made so there are no changes to operating budget.  Click here to review our summaries of the House and Senate versions from several weeks ago.  Click here for a link to the summary of changes the Senate made to the Capital budget.  These summaries reflect some of the items in each budget that district constituents often contact my office about.  If you have additional questions, contact my staff. 
 
Great Alaska School held a demonstration to support K-12 education funding last week on the capitol steps.  Students sang songs and the Juneau High School jazz band also provided some music.
 

House Finance Committee

Mon. - Fri. 1:30-3:30pm

Last Monday we had a presentation on Statewide Deferred Maintenance by Adam Bryan of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.  The state has over 2,200 facilities within 14 agencies including the University of Alaska and the court system, with a combined replacement value of $8.6 billion.  This is all facilities including storage units, cabins, gravel sheds, pioneer homes, correctional centers, laboratories, trooper posts, office buildings, and other spaces.
 
The backlog of deferred maintenance is $1.8 billion ($1.6 billion for state facilities and $240 million for school district major maintenance). Of this amount, over $1 billion is for the University. The Senate version of the capital budget includes $5 million for the University for deferred maintenance, $20 million for statewide deferred maintenance, and other reappropriations for deferred maintenance for other agencies.
 
I find it odd that the Senate is willing to cut University operations by $22 million on the operating side, yet will appropriate $5 million to fix their buildings. If we had a fiscal plan that includes the four pillars, we could have stable funding for both for years to come.  I believe that should be our focus.
 
On Tuesday we moved HB 150, Pay, Allowances, Benefits for Militia Men, and HB 124, Benefit Corporations, from committee.  HB 150 updates the statutes so that when our state militia is activated during an emergency they get paid according to their rank instead of according to the various state jobs they are performing.  HB 124 allows for-profit corporations to additionally hold a general or specific public benefit and creates transparency for investors that want to know how the company is accomplishing that public benefit.
 
The committee also amended and moved HB 74, Driver’s License & ID Cards & Real ID Act.  This is the bill that will make Alaska compliant with the federal Real ID act.  Many legislators are displeased with the additional data collection that is required for a Real ID compliant license or ID, but if the state does not become compliant then Alaskans will not be able to use their state ID or license to get into federal facilities such as military bases or to board a plane.  The current version of the bill gives an option; you can get a Real ID compliant license for a slightly higher fee, or you can get one similar to what we have now, which will still function as a license but cannot be used to get into federal facilities or to board planes.  Two amendments passed in committee that instructed the administration and the federal delegation to continue working to reduce the private data collected under the real ID act.  I submitted two amendments that passed which allow the DMV to retain documents related to licenses for 15 years.  This is the length of time the DMV currently keeps those documents.  The bill had shortened this to 8 years, but the Department of Public Safety testified that having these documents securely kept by the DMV for the full 15 years was important to their ability to solve cases, especially cold cases.
 
The last order of business on Tuesday was a first hearing of HB 142, Unemployment Compensation Benefits.  This would increase the maximum weekly benefit to $510.  This is equal to 50% of the average weekly wage in the state, which is the national norm for unemployment benefits.  The benefit amounts have not been adjusted since 2008, and have fallen behind inflation.
 
On Wednesday House Finance was cancelled due to the long floor session.  On Thursday the committee heard HB 159, Opioids; Prescriptions; Database; Licenses.  This is the governor’s bill, targeted at curbing the rate of opioid abuse and addiction in the state by placing some sideboards on opioid prescriptions, and requiring providers to receive education on the subject.  I offered three amendments.  The first was intent language to make clear that the 7-day initial prescription limit in the bill should not be interpreted as a minimum amount that should be prescribed; the CDC has found that for most cases of acute pain a 3-day prescription will be enough, and the risk for future opioid use or abuse increases with each additional day of medication.  If we are serious about addressing opioid abuse it is important that providers are aware of the most recent research on the issue of prescribing. 
 
My final amendment allowed parents and legal guardians to issue a non-opioid directive on behalf of their minor child or an adult that they are legally responsible for.  A non-opioid directive, as created by this bill, allows individuals to write in advance that they do not want to be given opioids.  A person may create such a directive because they have a history of addiction and want to avoid use, or because they are not comfortable with receiving opioids.  It is important that parents have the ability to create such a directive for their child, especially children who might be at risk of addiction, in case their parent cannot be reached for consent at the time treatment occurs.  HB 159 moved from committee and will be heard on the floor soon.
 
We also heard and moved HB 6, Jonesville Public Use Area, which would designate an area near Jonesville as a public use area.  Designating it as a public use area could eventually lead to a management plan and enforcement; however, those steps will require ongoing funding.  Because there is no funding attached to this bill, HB 6 passing merely allows the community to work on a draft management plan in the event that funding is located at a later date. 
 
Friday the committee amended and moved HB 25, Insurance Coverage for Contraceptives, which requires insurance plans in the state, including government plans and Medicaid, to provide coverage for a range of contraceptives and to cover a 12-month supply of contraceptives unless the plan qualifies for a religious exemption.  Currently plans without a religious exemption are required by federal law to cover contraceptives but are not required to cover a 12-month supply.  Studies have shown that allowing women access to a full 12-month supply of a prescription contraceptive greatly increases adherence and ultimately reduces costs.  The committee also took public testimony on SB 6, Industrial Hemp Production, and  SB 28, Municipal Land Selections; Petersburg.  SB 28 moved from committee and will be heard on the floor shortly.  SB 6 was amended to remove cannabidiol oil from the criminal statute definitions of hashish oil, to allow CBD oil to be legally produced and sold.  Saturday the committee heard public testimony on SB 23, Appropriations; Capital Budget which I discussed earlier.
 
Today the committee will continue to hear the capital budget and will likely consider a new draft of the bill.  We will also consider amendments to HB 105, Denali Wolf Special Management Area and HB 151, DHSS; Foster Care; Child Protection.

House Finance Schedule for the Week of May 12, 2017
Mon. – Fri. 1:30 - 3:30 pm unless otherwise noted.
Because we are under the 24 hour rule now, committee scheduling will be done the day before.  My staff will provide updates through my Facebook page or you can check the schedule on BASIS.
 
Monday, May 15, 2017
SB 23 - APPROP: CAPITAL BUDGET
HB 105 - DENALI WOLF SPECIAL MANAGEMENT AREA
HB 151 – DHSS; FOSTER CARE; CHILD PROTECTION
 
Bills Previously Heard or Scheduled
 

Click here to listen to last week’s KBBI Coffee Table with myself and Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly president Kelly Cooper.
 
Legislative Budget & Audit Committee
Meets as needed throughout the year.

The committee met last week to review the recommendations from the House and Senate evaluation committees for oil and gas consultants that have responded to our request for proposals.  The committee awarded contracts to three consultants who will provide oil and gas consulting services for the legislative committees and legislators:  N3 Energy, Palantir Solutions, and Gaffney & Cline.  The scoring process and results from the evaluation committees will be available to the public to review once the process is completed.

Other Committees
For more information on what is happening in other committees, please go to the Committee Chair’s newsletters which are linked here and also  located on the  Alaska House Majority Coalition webpage:  AkHouse.org.
 

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Public Testimony Opportunities
Due to the 24 Hr. Rule being in effect, please contact the Homer or Kenai LIOs noted below for more information.

Public testimony (when scheduled) can be given in person at your LIO or call (907) 465-4648 prior to the meeting for a phone option.  Written Comments are best addressed to the chair of the committee where the bill is being heard.  If you are interested in a public testimony meeting that is not listed above please call the Kenai LIO 283-2030 or Homer LIO 235-7878.  For a full list of all upcoming meetings, please visit the Alaska State Legislature’s webpage at akleg.gov
 
Update:  Homer LIO
Reminder as of May 10, the Homer LIO transitioned from a full time office to "open as needed".  Phone and email messages will be checked frequently.  For those on the Homer LIO email list, notices will still be sent out regarding upcoming meetings and public testimony.  The office will open for teleconferences that the community wants to participate in if they have prior notice (please give the Homer LIO at least one day’s notice prior to the meeting date).  If you would like your name added to the email list or you have other questions, contact Amber at the Homer LIO:  235-7878  LIO.Homer@akleg.gov.  The Kenai LIO remains open full time, year round:  283-2030 LIO.Kenai@akleg.gov.
Following Bills & Committees
Access bills and committee schedules through the Legislature’s BASIS home page.  Get automatic alerts when a bill is scheduled for hearing or public testimony by signing up for “Track Bills in BTMF”.  Most committee hearings are broadcast on Gavel-to-Gavel at www.360north or through the Live Now tab on the BASIS home page. 
 
NEW!  "Chat with Legislative Information Staff
Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 4pm you will find a new chat interface in the lower right corner of AKLeg.gov. The LIO staff can help answer questions about finding things on the website, answer questions relating to tracking legislation and help you get in touch with your legislator. Let us know how we can help you!
 
Legislative Information Offices (LIO)Our Homer and Kenai LIOs are a great resource for tracking bills and participating in hearings.
 
Homer: Amber Corey 235-7878, 270 West Pioneer Avenue
Kenai: Mary Bea Byrne 283-2030, 145 Main St Loop, Suite 217
 
POMs Email is the preferred method of communication for our office.  POMS is currently operational but may experience a delay in reaching our office.  If needed, contact your local LIO office who can email us your comments.
 
Bits & Pieces

Tustumena Return to Service – Delayed until July 18
Delay is due to the discovery and necessary repair of additional extensive steel wastage in the engine room.  For more information, please call the AMHS central reservations office at 1-907-465-3941 or toll free at 1-800-642-0066.  For alternative transportation for cargo click here.  An updated schedule will be made available online at FerryAlaska.com.
 
State Education Funding Cut Scenarios for KPBSD
Click above link for press release providing information on state budget cuts for K-12 education.  For more information contact: perkeneff@kpbsd.k12.ak.us
 
Wildland fire prevention and preparedness week is May 14-20

Click above link for more information.  Contact Tim Mowry, Division of Forestry public information officer, 907-356-5512, tim.mowry@alaska.gov
 
Alaska Celebrates Arbor Day on May 15
Division of Forestry invites Alaskans to join Arbor Day celebrations throughout Alaska Monday, May 15.  Communities across the state are hosting local events to promote tree planting and community forestry.  Click above link for a list of Arbor Day events in Alaska.  Contact: Stephen Nickel, 907-269-8466, stephen.nickel@alaska.gov.
 
Board of Fisheries Meeting May 17-18
A live audio stream of the meeting is intended to be available on the Board of Fisheries website which can be accessed here.  Meeting materials will also be posted on this website and will be available through the Department of Fish and Game Boards Support Section.  For information contact the Boards Support Section at (907) 465-4110.

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If you would like to speak to me regarding a specific issue, it is helpful to first get in touch with the member of my staff handling related issues. 

Homer: May-December
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907-235-2921 or 1-800-665-2689; Fax: 907-235-4008

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State Capitol – 120 4th St., Juneau, AK 99801
New location: Room 505
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Kenai: 907-283-9170 (will transfer automatically to Homer or Juneau)

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