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Senator Kevin MeyerSenate Releases Education Plan

JUNEAU-Today, the Senate Finance Committee unveiled improvements to Alaska’s Education Opportunity Act, otherwise known the Governor’s education package. The Senate’s plan focuses on providing more choices for parents, giving more resources to teachers and creating more opportunities for students.  Full Story >>

Senator Pete KellyLegislature Passes Bill to Update Direct-Entry Midwife Act

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Legislature passed Senate Bill 156 this week, a bill to update and streamline the Certified Direct-entry Midwife (CDM) practice act.  Full Story >>

Senator Lesil McGuireHouse Finance Committee Moves to Boost Alaska Tourism

JUNEAU-In the very early hours of this morning, the House Finance Committee passed Senate Bill 194, which creates the Alaska Tourism Marketing Board within the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED).  Full Story >>

Senator Pete KellyLegislature Stands United Against FASD

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Legislature unanimously passed a pair of resolutions this week to help eradicate fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) from Alaska.  Full Story >>

Senator Dennis EganLegislature Passes Bill to Manage Insurance Costs for Property Owners

JUNEAU-Today, the Alaska State Legislature passed Senate Bill 58, sponsored by Senator Dennis Egan (D-Juneau), which clarifies current law to allow insurers to drop coverage of entirely abandoned property that is no longer being properly maintained.  Full Story >>

Our Policy Priorities

Education:

chalkboard.jpgSenate Education Task Force: Senate Finance Subcommittee meetings held during the interim to explore the total cost of K-12 education and gather recommendations for the upcoming legislative session.   The Senate is currently considering the Governor's range of educational reforms and enhancements.

natural_gas_sm.jpgAlaska LNG Gasline:

Fiscal Terms: Create and establish a durable gas fiscal regime to make Alaska globally competitive while insuring Alaskans receive their fair share of revenues from an LNG Pipeline. 

Budget:

budget_sign.jpgSustainable Budgets: Year 2 of 5 year plan to reduce the cost of government and contain the annual growth to a sustainable level for our future. Last year $1.1 billion in general funds were eliminated from the budget.

PERS/TRS Unfunded Liability: $12 billion in unfunded liability, work continues on balancing the best interests of the state and the retiree obligations.