Advocacy/Legislative Update 8.14.20

State Sues Over Hunting Decision The State of Alaska has filed a preliminary injunction against the Federal Subsistence Board decision that gave local federal land managers the authority to open federal lands in their respective jurisdictions for fishing and hunting by emergency or temporary regulations to lessen food insecurities due to COVID19.  The state alleges that this act constituted an …

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Advocacy/Legislative Update 7.24.20

Deficit of $1.3 Billion I know, I know.  I have written about it before a million (a billion) times but it is getting real, yo.  Our principal savings account will be exhausted this fiscal year.  And we may be getting an #overdrawn slip from our bank account once the legislature reconvenes and takes up the supplemental budget.  Remember that any …

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Advocacy/Legislative Update 3.6.20

Budget passes House – without a PFD After the last several years of days/weeks long budget hearings with literally hundreds of amendments along party lines, this year’s operating budget process was relatively tame (and fast).  That is mostly due to the Governor introducing a “status quo” budget and not showing support (or really any type of emotion) for further cuts.  …

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Advocacy/Legislative Update 2.28.20

Oil and Gas Companies Are Totally Awesome A ballot initiative that would change the way that oil and gas tax credits are calculated has been certified to appear on the ballot during the General Election this November.  Expect to see (and hear) a ton of campaign ads from those that want you to vote to maintain the status quo – …

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Advocacy/Legislative Update 2.14.20

Guess Who’s Back? Back Again? The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled today that the Recall Dunleavy effort can begin collecting the second round of signatures, overruling the Superior Court judge’s stay.  They have also issued the schedule for oral arguments which looks to be held on March 25th.  The Stand Tall With Mike campaign sought a slower schedule that would …

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Advocacy/Legislative Update 2.7.20

The Gov’s Peeps are United? The Legislature and the Governor are still at a crossroads and right now no one is backing down.  The Governor has acknowledged that there likely needs to be added revenue to shore up the current gap between state spending and current income, but absolutely refuses to offer solutions (with the exception of a lottery which …

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Advocacy/Legislative Update 1.13.20

Time to Collect More Signatures An Alaskan Superior Court Judge has ruled that the Recall Dunleavy campaign can start the second signature gathering phase.  The effort has led to a court challenge after the Division of Elections decided that the group did not have a meritorious reason to try and kick the Gov out.  Judge Aarseth disagreed with the state …

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