The Alaska State Senate Majority today released their full list of committee assignments. The only noteworthy assignment I see is freshman Sen-elect Natasha Von Imhof got a seat on Finance, but that has been known for some time. Everything else looks pretty status quo.
The first list of prefiled bills for the upcoming legislative session was released this morning.
As you might expect the list ranges from the banal (HB 7 by Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins to ban ballot selfies and HB 28 by Rep. Tarr increasing disclosure requirements for cosmetics) to hot button socials issues (HJR 1 by Rep. Josephson to repeal the Alaska Constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage).
Gov. Bill Walker is preparing to propose a bill that would freeze the pay of nonunion employees at the University of Alaska, Alaska Court System, Alaska Legislature and the executive branch.
This morning, incoming Senate President Pete Kelly and incoming House Majority Leader Chris Tuck offered starkly different visions of Alaska’s budget problems and the upcoming legislative session at a joint breakfast appearance before the Resource Development Council.
The Alaska Republican Party has openly declared war on three Republican state house members — Gabby LeDoux, Paul Seaton and Louise Stutes — who crossed party lines to form a bi-partisan House majority. Now Democrats are raising money on the premise those funds will be used to defend the three.
Late last week Governor Bill Walker’s office sent an email to legislators announcing staffing changes to both his own Legislative Office and to the coterie of legislative liaisons at state agencies.
Incoming House Rules Committee Chairwoman Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux sent a memo to legislators late Wednesday telling them because of the state’s fiscal crisis she has been forced to raise prices at the State Capitol cafeteria.
In a move billed as an effort to make things more efficient, the new bipartisan Alaska State House Majority says they are revamping subcommittee overview of each state agency’s budget.
Now our friend Patrick Race (@alaskarobotics on Twitter) has created a fantasy league where you can pick your favorite Alaska politicians and play them against other Alaska political enthusiasts’ picks, with a real world based scoring model.
Is the Governor really going to announce a $4.3 Billion budget that includes something for everyone to hate (PFD cut, increases in taxes and fees, elimination of state services and projects, and still a $892 million deficit with a call for a broad-based tax on us all to eliminate it) and think he can distract us from that boatload of pain simply by pointing to a cut in his own pay? As football player Cris Carter would say “C’mon, man!”