pete kelly

Kelly Supports Using Permanent Fund Revenues As “First Step” To Solve Budget Crisis

This evening, incoming Senate President Sen. Pete Kelly issued a statement following up on comments made Thursday by one of Governor Bill Walker’s top fiscal policy advisors, Director of the Alaska Department of Revenue’s Tax Division Ken Alper, about the state’s over $4 Billion budget deficit. In those comments, Alper said lawmakers need to focus on new revenues to close the state’s over $4 Billion budget deficit , including a restructuring of the Permanent Fund to use some of the fund’s revenues for other state functions.


Can Bipartisans Take The State Senate? Updated Race Projections

In June, we looked at how Democrats could wrest power from Republicans in the State Senate, or at least create a bipartisan coalition.

The short version of that story is that, yes, there is a potential path for Democrats to have a role in senate leadership. It requires them winning at least two seats currently held by Republicans and getting at least three more to jump ship and organize with them, let’s not pretend it is the most likely of scenarios. But it is plausible.




What Are Lawmakers Trying To Achieve With The State Budget?

To help boil things down, here are two short floor speech clips that pretty well encapsulate the budget positions of the State Senate Majority and Minority. Don’t worry, they are short and largely free of numbers and acronyms. They don’t and aren’t intended to give you the depth of detail of the budget, but rather the values each side is basing their positions upon.


For Republicans, State Budget Is A Messaging Trap

Virtually every Republican legislator is messaging via newsletter, committee-question time, or posting a video on Facebook of some version of Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck’s line “the price of admission for new revenues is significant cuts.” But what is “significant” or “meaningful” when it comes to budget cuts?