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For Immediate Release: May 13, 2018

Senate Adjourns Sine Die

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JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate today adjourned the second session of the 30th Alaska Legislature, sine die.   

Members of Senate Leadership released the following statements.

“The Senate stopped a series of new tax proposals—including a personal income tax—held the line on spending, protected the Permanent Fund from a raid, approved a plan to pay down our debts, and addressed crime. At every point, and with every policy we pursued, our guiding principles were always in focus: Government should be limited, people should be free, and we must protect the private sector of the economy.” –Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, Senate President  

“We thank Alaskans for remaining engaged and reaching out to us on what is most important. We heard you. We removed the ‘Welcome to Alaska’ sign for criminals from elsewhere while tightening up our laws so that they are bad for criminals and good for law-abiding Alaskans. Fiscally, we prioritized what needed to be done and remained on the high road toward sustainability. We stood strong when oil prices were low to avoid permanently impacting Alaskans with taxes and unnecessary financial burden.  We reduced the operating budget significantly and prioritized key services Alaskans count on in their daily lives. We protected the health of the Permanent Fund and PFDs in perpetuity without restructuring the Fund or the existing dividend formula. The Senate’s actions helped to ensure that the worst of the recession is behind us and a promising future lies ahead.” –Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, Senate Majority Leader

“We sent a clear message to criminals across the state and in the Lower 48: You are not welcome here. This session, we put an end to ‘catch-and-release,’ and gave police and prosecutors the tools they need to fight crime and restore law and order.” –Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee

“With fewer resources available, the Senate prioritized the state’s constitutional obligations and passage of Senate Bill 26 to provide stability to our economy. With an endowment model limiting the amount of money legislators can draw from Permanent Fund earnings, businesses and entrepreneurs can confidentially invest in Alaska for the long-term. And Alaskans can rest assured that the state has provided adequate funding for the troopers, educators and heath care providers they rely on every day.” –Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee

The 30th Alaska Legislature took historic action this year to address the state’s fiscal challenge. For the first time in our state’s history, we are utilizing the Permanent Fund for one of its original purposes: to pay for state services when revenue from oil production is not enough.”  –Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee

Click here to view the Senate's accomplishments. 

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

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