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House Majority E-News for June 25, 2010 ANS Crude: $78.86 Henry Hub: $4.84


Wrangell Land Entitlement Bill Signed Into Law

(Wrangell) - Representative Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, today issued
the following statement regarding the enactment of House Bill 273, a
bill completing the formation of the City and Borough of Wrangell by
allocating more state land. The City and Borough of Wrangell was
originally formed in May 2008 with a state land grant of 1952 acres.
HB 273 increases that amount to 9006 acres, adding 7054 acres to the
Borough's grant. The State bestows a general land grant entitlement to
newly-formed boroughs, and has an established policy to assist in the
formation of, and to provide for the long-term sustainability in
operations, new local governments by furnishing land grants that will
address the needs of residents. The new allocation includes areas such
as Sunny Bay and Deer Island. Wilson says those two areas are
important for economic development in the borough, and continues to be
used by the Alaska Island Community Services program, the tourism
industry, and the CBW community.


"As the world changes, the conditions under which Alaskans and their
families will be able to sustain a high quality of life are also
changing. The circumstances for addressing those conditions and
opportunities are increased by this new land allocation to the City
and Borough of Wrangell. Residents of CBW have identified areas for
critical energy projects, port development, and other opportunities to
enhance the local economy. These lands can go a long way in supporting
our economy and quality of life, and not taking this opportunity could
mean a downturn for residents in the area. I'm pleased to see the
legislature, and now the governor, on board with supporting CBW."

The full text of this release can be found below:



Thomas Comments on Enactment of Fishing, Lands Bills

(Haines) - House Finance Committee Vice-Chair Bill Thomas, R-Haines,
today released the following statement regarding the enactment of
House Bill 344 and HB 273. HB 344 extends the Salmon Product
Development Tax Credit for property placed into service before
December 2015 and adds ice making machines to the list of qualified
expenditures eligible to receive the credit, which is up to 50-percent
of the purchase cost. HB 273 completes land entitlements for the City
and Borough of Wrangell and the Haines Borough. Thomas's amendment in
the House Finance Committee added 3,167 acres to the borough's
original general land grant.


"These two pieces of legislation are examples of how government can
work best. We're enhancing the quality and opportunity for our fish
processors the people who rely on A1 fish. And we're giving our
local governments a leg-up to grow their communities and expand their
tax bases, which is necessary for them to offer opportunities for
families and businesses; making their communities more viable and
sustainable. In essence, the State is giving something back, instead
of taking something in. We all stand to benefit from vibrant
communities across the state and must protect our salmon's standing
as the best, freshest, renewable resource on the market."

The full text of this release can be found below:


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