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For Immediate Release: September 22, 2017

Statement from Sen. Kelly on Special Session Proclamation

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FAIRBANKS – Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, President of the Alaska Senate, today released the following statement in response to Gov. Bill Walker’s proclamation convening the 30th Alaska State Legislature on October 23 for its fourth special session.

“The Senate Majority supports a special session in October to address crime. Alaskans have legitimate concerns about our laws holding offenders accountable. The Senate already passed the legislation, SB 54, toughening penalties for certain crimes. We offer our support to the House to do the same, and stand by to work out any differences. Alaskans should feel safe in their homes and communities, and it is incumbent upon the Legislature to do our part to ensure criminals face consequences.

“The Senate Majority welcomes additional discussion on the state’s fiscal problems, which we believe are best addressed by reducing government budgets and instituting a spending limit. We have asked the administration, before new taxes on working Alaskans are considered, to provide a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes reductions in spending, and a revised revenue forecast with responsible estimates of oil price and production. With this information in hand, the Senate will be able to accurately determine what, if any, actions must be taken to raise additional revenue from Alaskans. We want to make it clear that any ‘complete plan’ to address our fiscal problem cannot solely reach into Alaskans' pockets for more government money, but must include budget reductions. Government has to do its part.”

For more information, contact Senate Majority Press Secretary Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.

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