News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senate Majority Press
For Immediate Release: March 20, 2020

Legislative Leaders to Alaskans: Help is on the way

Press_stamp.jpgSenate Majority Press Press   Web Site    Send Email

JUNEAU – Today, Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, Senator Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Natasha von Imhof, co-chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on the ongoing legislative efforts to help Alaskans dealing with the impacts of the new coronavirus.

 

Fellow Alaskans,

The hard-working men and women of this state will not weather this storm alone.

With a singular focus, the Legislature is exploring every avenue and will dedicate vast resources to support Alaskans during this difficult time.

This support features enhanced unemployment benefits, mortgage assistance, food aid, interest free loans, expanded child and healthcare services, direct aid to communities, and more.

No Alaskan in need will be left behind.

As our nation mobilizes against the coronavirus pandemic, and our leaders enact stringent, life-saving measures, we know that everyday Alaskans are suffering from the economic fallout.

We see this global conflict being fought daily by dedicated nurses, doctors and scientist, as well as Americans engaged in best practices, such as hand washing and social distancing. But a second front exists, one involving paychecks and jobs.

This virus has wreaked havoc on the price of oil, the stock market is in retreat, and now countless workers will go without paychecks as business owners are forced to close. The uncertainty of the next weeks and months will only compound the harm to the private sector of our economy. Without a swift response, this virus could cause long-term damage beyond the health impacts.

Lawmakers are keenly aware of these realities, and Alaskans should rest assured that we are taking action. A bipartisan group of legislators will, in the coming days, provide critical aid to Alaskan workers and business owners. Hard-working men and women – who through no fault of their own are struggling to pay bills and put food on the table – will have a helping hand.

These are extraordinary times, and extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.

If we act decisively – and with the help and support of the Alaskan people – we can achieve success on both fronts by ensuring our healthcare professionals are not overwhelmed by the spread of this virus and by alleviating the impacts on everyday Alaskans’ pocketbooks.

During these present difficulties, it’s important we remain calm, listen to the advice of our medical professionals, and do what we can to help our fellow Alaskans.

Help is on the way. 

 

On March 11, the Legislature appropriated $13.1 million in emergency funding to prepare for the health impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. On March 18, the Senate also passed additional funding to assist communities dealing with the new costs.

Legislation to ensure Alaskans receive unemployment insurance as quickly as possible is being expedited through the process.

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

###

Share this on Twitter Tweet icon-facebook.png Share

News & Videos more >

Senator Peter Micciche

Sen. Micciche Calls for Halt to DPS Plan to Centralize 911 Service

SOLDOTNA – Senator Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, this week urged the leadership of Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) to halt their plan that would centralize 911 response...  Full Story >>

Senator Peter Micciche

Sen. Micciche Commends Alaska LNG Milestone

JUNEAU – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced today it had authorized the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) to liquefy and export liquefied natural...  Full Story >>

Senate Majority Press Press

Legislature Ratifies CARES Act Spending Plan

HB 313 provides over $1 billion to Alaskans  Full Story >>

Senate Majority Press Press

Legislature Delivers $1 Billion to Communities & Small Businesses

ANCHORAGE – The state Legislative Budget & Audit Committee today delivered $1 billion to Alaska communities, small businesses, fisheries, and airports from the federal Coronavirus...  Full Story >>

Senate Majority Press Press

Legislative Committee Authorizes Initial Federal Coronavirus Aid

JUNEAU – The state Legislative Budget & Audit Committee today authorized $125 million for education, child nutrition programs, public safety, and transportation from the federal...  Full Story >>

Senator Cathy Giessel

Bill Expanding Alaska Mental Health Services Signed into Law

JUNEAU – On Wednesday, a bill expanding mental health services in Alaska was signed into law by Governor Mike Dunleavy.  Full Story >>

Senator Click Bishop

Reforms to Alaska’s Mining Policies Signed into Law

JUNEAU – On Wednesday, a bill reforming Alaska’s mining policies was signed into law by Governor Mike Dunleavy.  Full Story >>

Senator Click Bishop

Bill Establishing June 7 as ‘Walter Harper Day’ Becomes Law

JUNEAU – On Wednesday, a bill establishing Walter Harper Day on June 7 of each year was signed into law by Governor Mike Dunleavy.  Full Story >>

Senator John Coghill

Bill Improving Alaska Railbelt Electric Services Signed into Law

JUNEAU – Today, a bill to create a framework for utilities, independent power producers, and consumer groups to work together on enforceable standards to improve Railbelt electric...  Full Story >>

Senator Cathy Giessel

Statement from Senate President Giessel on Recess of 31st Legislature

JUNEAU – Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, early this morning released the following statement on the 31st Alaska Legislature’s...  Full Story >>

Find your Senator full map