May 5, 2015, 4:59 PM
The past four months have been busy with issues on the AAR agenda adopted last January at the start of the session. During the following weeks, several other issues were added and thus it is time to provide you with a recap. Also on the agenda was HB 187 which was introduced last year and focused on professions license fees, investigation costs and the cyclic nature of the budgets with several state boards and commissions. This legislation was intercepted by the Legislative Audit & Budget Committee, a standing Legislative Committee, chaired by Senator Fairclough. She is committed to working on this legislation between now and the start of the 29th Legislature which convenes in January 2015. We will be following these meeting schedules and are prepared to provide input as needed.
May 3, 2014, 5:02 PM
End of session report by Legislative Consultants in Alaska (Wendy Chamberlain) May 3. 2014. The Budget In December, 2013 the Dept. of Revenue announced the state would take in $2 billion less in revenue for FY 2014 (current year) than originally estimated. This shortfall required the state to draw $1.9 billion from its' savings accounts to balance the current year's budget (thru June 30. 2014). Legislators took a conservative approach to spending for FY 2015 passing a "slightly reduced status quo" operating budget for the upcoming year. The Legislature approved a leaner FY 2015 capital budget that focuses on finishing the MEGA projects.
Mar 5, 2014, 5:00 PM