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Alaska State Chamber of Commerce E-News - April 20, 2010


Legislative Session closes out

The Legislature closed out their business shortly before 1:00 am on Monday April 19, 2010. With the adoption of the operating budget, the largest Capital budget in recent history, lower taxes for cruise ship passengers and changes in taxation for oil and gas, the Legislature adopted the fewest number of bills since 1993. Issues of importance to Alaska State Chamber members fared well. A number of bills Passed this session that were either priorities or positions of the State Chamber. They included the following bills:

  • Ballot Initiative reform bill (HB 36)
  • The Governor's Performance Scholarship program was implemented but not funded
  • Money for Early Childhood Learning included in the operating budget
  • Health Care Commission established in statute
  • University of Alaska Life Sciences building included in the bond bill
  • Workers Compensation Exclusive Liability remained in place
  • Costal Zone Management Plan remains unchanged

Additionally, there were a number of bills passed related to the development of a Comprehensive Strategic Economic Development Plan for Alaska. The State Chamber became involved a number of other business issues at the request of our members including changes to the State procurement code, Liability for Motor Carriers, cruise ship waste water discharge issues and the cruise ship head tax. There are many other issues that did not make it through the process that will surface again next session. The State Chamber and its members need to be ever vigilant as those issues have the potential top negatively influence the ability of business to do business in Alaska. Watch your e-mail for a final Capital Notes summarizing the session and the issues of importance to business.

Foraker Group Benefit Plan Briefing for

State Chamber Members

Recently, The Foraker Group and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce (ASCC) in cooperation with Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska (PBCBS) announced their collaboration to expand the Foraker Group Benefit Plan to ASCC members. Foraker and the State Chamber will host a briefing to provide you with more information on the plan.  This briefing is extremely important for you to attend because we will discuss a number of factors you will need to consider and evaluate before deciding whether to become part of the plan.

Among those are:

  • Participant eligibility
  • Plan design
  • Plan premiums
  • Competitive rate structure based on each organization's profile
  • The status of becoming a true association plan

This briefing is designed for current members and potential members of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.  Come and explore this opportunity.

Dates:

April 26, 2010 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM ANCHORAGE

The Foraker Group Training Room - Dennis McMillian

April 26, 2010 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM ANCHORAGE

The Foraker Group Training Room - Dennis McMillian

April 28, 2010 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM JUNEAU

REACH - Dennis McMillian

April 28, 2010 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM JUNEAU

Nonprofit Center

These are a free sessions, but please register today, at the link below:

Foraker Group Benefit Plan Briefing for ASCC

Make Your Reservations Now!

Alaska State Chamber of Commerce

Legislative Wrap-Up

May 5th

Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center

Tyonek Room

8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

State Chamber members are invited to an analysis of the second session of the 26th Alaska State Legislature from the perspective of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and leaders of small and large business.  We will discuss how business can impact the legislative process and review our priorities and positions.  The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Tyonek Room.  The gubernatorial candidate's luncheon session will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  A quarterly meeting of the Alaska State Chamber Board of Directors will follow from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Tyonek Room #5.  State Chamber members are encouraged to attend.  Click here to view flyer.

REGISTRATION RATES
Register today!  You may choose a combined rate to attend the morning and luncheon sessions or choose to attend the luncheon session only.  The cost for the combined morning and luncheon session is $95 for members and $115 for non-members.  The Gubernatorial Candidates luncheon session is available for members at $40 and for non-members at $50.  You also have the option to reserve a table (for 8 people) at the Gubernatorial Candidates luncheon; member rate is $300 and non-member rate is $350

Click here to register.

WESTMARK ANCHORAGE
The Alaska State Chamber has secured a discounted rate for rooms at the Westmark Anchorage Hotel of $89 per night plus tax.  Please call (800) 544-0970 and use code Alaska State Chamber to receive this rate.

ALASKA AIRLINES
Alaska Airlines has extended a 10% discount off all published fares, excluding Hot Deals, for any Alaska Airlines flight to Anchorage, Alaska valid May 2nd through May 9th.  To take advantage of this discount on flights from any US or Canadian Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air city to Anchorage, simply enter Discount code ECCTA0046 when purchasing your tickets at www.alaskaair.com.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
You can build important relationships with your fellow State Chamber business members through sponsorship of Alaska State Chamber events.  For information on available sponsorships, please contact Cheryl Eluska at celuska@alaskachamber.com or call (907) 278-2727.

Nominees Sought for

North Star Awards for International Excellence

Governor Sean Parnell called for nominations for the annual Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence. The awards will be presented in late spring to honor export, investment and exchanges in the international arena.

"It is my privilege to once again honor the international successes of businesses and organizations that benefit Alaskans," Governor Parnell said.

Alaskan businesses, schools, and other organizations that improve life in Alaska through their international activities may nominate themselves or others in several categories: export of goods, export of services, foreign investment, education, the travel industry, transportation, cultural exchange, humanitarian exchange and scientific exchange. Awards are given in several categories in any given year but are not necessarily given in all categories each year. The Export Council of Alaska and others will assist the State of Alaska in reviewing nominations.

The companies and organizations honored in 2009 were the Alaska World Affairs Council, Condor Airlines, ADS-B Technologies, the Ketchikan-Kanayama Exchange, The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository in partnership with Koniag Native Corporation, and Rotary District 5010.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on April 30. The nomination form and instructions are available on line at: Nomination Forms

For more information, contact Patricia Eckert at (907) 269-8118.

 

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