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June 22, 2017
Majority Press OfficeLegislature Approves Budget Compromise

JUNEAU – The Alaska Legislature today delivered a reduced budget that averts a government shutdown while protecting the Permanent Fund and future years’ dividends.  Full Story >>

June 15, 2017
Senator Pete KellySenate Disappointed by House Majority’s Failure to Compromise

JUNEAU – Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, released the following statement today in response to the House Majority’s failure to compromise on an operating budget.  Full Story >>

June 15, 2017
Senator Mia CostelloJobs & Transportation Bill Invites Rideshare to Last Frontier

JUNEAU – Ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber will be able to operate in Alaska today thanks to legislation supported by Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage.  Full Story >>

June 14, 2017
Senator Pete KellySen. Kelly Calls on House Majority to Negotiate a Budget

JUNEAU – Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, released the following statement today, calling on the House Majority to resume negotiations on an operating budget.  Full Story >>

June 6, 2017
Senator Pete KellySen. Kelly Responds to Governor’s Compromise Package

JUNEAU – Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, released the following statement today in response to the governor’s compromise package.  Full Story >>

June 2, 2017
Senator Pete KellySen. Kelly Releases Statement on Prioritizing Budget

JUNEAU – Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, released the following statement today on the need to prioritize passage of an operating budget.  Full Story >>

May 31, 2017
Senator Cathy GiesselGiessel Welcomes Order Boosting Oil Drilling in NPRA, Reviewing 1002

JUNEAU – Today, in an effort to boost oil and gas development in Alaska, U S Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed an order paving the way for development in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA) and reviewing the 1002 area...  Full Story >>

May 17, 2017
Senator Pete KellySenate Stands Ready to Finalize Fiscal Compromise

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate delivered a responsible operating budget and a sustainable fiscal solution while protecting working Alaskans from an income tax, all key priorities in a year with serious fiscal challenges...  Full Story >>

May 17, 2017
Senator Cathy GiesselSenators Dismayed by Environmentalist Agenda in House

JUNEAU – Today, the chair and vice chair of the Senate Resources Committees expressed dismay at the actions of House Democrats as the final day of the 2017 legislative session draws to a close.  Full Story >>

May 17, 2017
Senator Mia CostelloRidesharing Bill Coasts through Senate

JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska State Senate unanimously passed a bill allowing ridesharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and SideCar to operate in Alaska.  Full Story >>

May 15, 2017
Senator Anna MacKinnonSenate Ends Oil Tax Credit Program

JUNEAU – The state will stop offering cash tax credits to oil companies at the end of this year, following a Senate vote today.  Full Story >>

May 15, 2017
Senator John CoghillREAL ID Bill Passes Senate

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate passed a bill today allowing the state to issue both Real ID compliant and noncompliant identification cards and driver’s licenses.  Full Story >>

May 13, 2017
Senator Kevin MeyerStatement on Senate Rules Committee Action on REAL ID

JUNEAU – Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, released the following statement on today’s action in the Senate Rules Committee.  Full Story >>

May 12, 2017
Senator Pete KellySenate Defeats Income Tax

Today, the Alaska State Senate rejected a proposal to impose a state income tax on working Alaskans.  Full + Video Story >>

May 11, 2017
Senator Anna MacKinnonSenate Approves Lean Capital Budget

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate approved a lean capital budget today, appropriating $35 million less than the governor’s proposal and $44 million less than last year’s budget.  Full Story >>

May 10, 2017
Senator Pete KellySenate will take Action on House Income Tax Proposal Friday

JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate plans to vote Friday on a proposal to implement a state income tax.  Full Story >>

May 3, 2017
Senator John CoghillSenate Commemorates 150th Anniversary of Alaska Purchase

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate unanimously approved a resolution today commemorating the 150th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska.  Full Story >>

April 28, 2017
Senator Anna MacKinnonSenate Fiscal Plan Works with No New Taxes Required

JUNEAU – A robust discussion with nonpartisan legislative finance experts and members of the Senate Finance Committee confirmed that the Alaska Senate Majority’s fiscal solution offers a glide path out of the looming deficit,...  Full Story >>

April 27, 2017
Senator Pete KellyLegislature Defers Confirmations, Focuses on Fiscal Challenge

JUNEAU – The Alaska Legislature voted today to defer confirmation hearings of the governor’s appointments to department heads, boards and commissions, signaling that resolution must first be reached on addressing the state’s...  Full Story >>

April 27, 2017
Senator Anna MacKinnonSenate Affirms Fiscal Solution Tomorrow

JUNEAU – Alaskans concerned about the state’s deep deficit and the prospect of a new income tax can join members of the Alaska Senate for a presentation of the Senate Majority’s fiscal solution at 9 am tomorrow, April 28, in Juneau...  Full Story >>

April 25, 2017
Senator Mia CostelloSenate Committee Evaluates Costs of Standing Up ‘Alaska IRS’

JUNEAU – If the income tax backed by the House Democrat Majority and the Governor becomes law, Alaska would have to hire at least 60 new state employees to stand up its very own ‘Alaska IRS’.  Full Story >>

April 24, 2017
Senator Cathy GiesselSenate Resources Eliminates Oil & Gas Cash Credits Statewide

JUNEAU – Faced with multi-year budget shortfalls and the concern of significant financial exposure, the Senate Resources Committee moved today to finish the work of ending the state’s long-standing program offering cash credits...  Full Story >>

April 24, 2017
Senator Shelley HughesHealthcare Price Info & Incentive Bill Introduced in Senate

JUNEAU – A bill to help Alaskans access more affordable healthcare by addressing rising costs was introduced today in the state Senate.  Full Story >>

April 19, 2017
Senator John CoghillSenate Provides Health Insurance for Families of Fallen Officers

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate unanimously passed a bill today that provides for medical insurance coverage for surviving dependents of peace officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.  Full Story >>

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