New challenges. “The economy, the economy, the economy,” Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan said when asked about what he was most excited about tackling next year. “This administration has been overseeing the weakest economic recovery, maybe in U.S. history, from a major recession,” Sullivan said. “All I know is to fight (the Obama administration) and have to deal with federal government agencies that don’t want to help us achieve our full potential in terms of economic and resource development opportunities. I’m very hopeful that’s going to start to change.”
In Alaska, the need goes further and was partly addressed in the latest federal water spending bill. The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation, or WIIN, Act, signed by the President Dec. 16, touches Alaska on several positive fronts, according to Sullivan. A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sullivan said the state’s congressional delegation as a whole has made significant progress in getting the key players at every level in Washington, D.C., to recognize Alaska’s strategic importance to national defense.
Outside influence. Gov. Bill Walker and other state officials received more than $75,000 in travel and lodging from South Korea sources while promoting the Alaska natural gas project to the Asian market, state records show.
In late September, the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided the governor, his wife and a member of the governor’s security detail with about $22,000 for travel to Seoul and hotel rooms in the South Korean capital.
Sullivan hopeful heading into 2017
Alaska Journal of Commerce, Elwood Brehmer, December 29, 2016
Korean agencies spend over $75K on Walker’s Asia trip
Homer Tribune, December 29, 2016
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