Key Messages of the Week:
- Many commissioners and departments are ignoring their charge to look for efficiencies and opportunities to privatize services.
- Many bills that don’t solve our fiscal problems or help the private sector (that is in a recession) have been introduced and are taking time away from the most important issues.
- Senate Majority is looking to reform the foundation formula for education
- Tax Foundation presents new information about effects of various taxes on Alaska’s economy
January 23, 2017
- Senate Finance Committee meeting – report on legislative intent language from FY17 budget. Multiple departments ignored various sections of intent language
January 24, 2017
- Senate State Affairs Committee – Hearing on PFD and how it impacts Alaska, introduction of 2 bills by Sen. Dunleavy to pay out the other half of the dividend from 2016 that Gov. Walker cut
January 25, 2017
- Senate Education Committee – in depth hearing on K-12 Foundation Formula funding mechanism. Expect changes to the formula funding from Senate Majority
- House Finance Committee – presentation by Gunnar Knapp (former head of ISER) on implications of different fiscal choices over time. This information was already presented to many committees last year.
January 26, 2017
- Senate State Affairs Committee – presentation by Jared Walczak, with the Tax Foundation, on the effects of various taxes on Alaska’s economy
January 28, 2017
- Senate State Affairs Committee – hearing and public testimony on SB 1 and SB 2, Sen. Dunleavy’s bills to restore 2016 PFD to full amount