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House Passes Bipartisan Package of Appropriations Bills None 

House Passes Bipartisan Package of Appropriations Bills

Yesterday, the House approved H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, a bipartisan package that includes the Fiscal Year 2018 Defense, Military Construction-VA, Energy and Water Development, and Legislative Branch appropriations bills.

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Alaskans’ Economic Confidence Rebounds Slightly None 

Alaskans’ Economic Confidence Rebounds Slightly

The composite Alaska Confidence Index (ACI) rose slightly in the second quarter of 2017, driven by moderate increases in Alaskans’ confidence in their local economies. The composite index now stands at 51, showing slight confidence in the economy. This increase comes after a sharp drop in local economy confidence in the first quarter of the year.

Coast Guard attends Operation Arctic Guardian oil spill response seminar in Utqiaġivk, Alaska None 

Coast Guard attends Operation Arctic Guardian oil spill response seminar in Utqiaġivk, Alaska

Coast Guard members from the 17th District Response Advisory Team and National Strike Force Pacific Strike Team attended the Operation Arctic Guardian oil spill response seminar in Utqiaġivk, Tuesday-Thursday.

Governor Walker Signs Legislation Ending Unsustainable Cash Credits for Oil Companies None 

Governor Walker Signs Legislation Ending Unsustainable Cash Credits for Oil Companies

Governor Bill Walker today signed legislation ending Alaska’s unsustainable system of cash payments to oil companies. House Bill 111 passed the legislature with broad, bipartisan support, and converts cashable oil tax credits into tax deductions. With oil prices

Governor Signs Bill Ending Cashable Tax Subsidies None 

Governor Signs Bill Ending Cashable Tax Subsidies

Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed House Bill 111 into law, ending cashable subsidies on the North Slope, and making modest adjustments to Alaska’s oil and gas tax code. HB 111 was sponsored by the House Resources Committee, Co-Chaired by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) and Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage).

Alaska Legislature Passes Responsible Capital Budget Compromise None 

Alaska Legislature Passes Responsible Capital Budget Compromise

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature overwhelmingly passed a capital budget for Fiscal Year 2018 that will result in approximately $1.2 billion in federal funds coming to Alaska. The approved capital budget was a negotiated compromise that ensures continued funding for Alaska’s roads, bridges, and other vital infrastructure. House Finance Committee Co-chair Rep. Neal Foster (D-Nome) helped negotiate the compromise and worked to ensure passage today.

Bill Ending Cash Payments to Oil & Gas Companies Becomes Law None 

Bill Ending Cash Payments to Oil & Gas Companies Becomes Law

Today, Gov. Bill Walker signed House Bill 111 into law, legislation that ends the state's program of cash payments to companies in the oil and gas industry. In response, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, chair of the Senate Resources Committee and co-chair for the Conference Committee on House Bill 111, issued the following statement.

Capital Budget Passes Senate None 

Capital Budget Passes Senate

A final capital budget passed the Senate today by a vote of 15 to 4.

Congressman Young Leads House-Passage of King Cove Road Land Transfer Exchange Act None 

Congressman Young Leads House-Passage of King Cove Road Land Transfer Exchange Act

Alaska Congressman Don Young today led efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives to approve the passage of H.R. 218, the King Cove Road Land Exchange Act, legislation he’s spearheading with Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan to facilitate a life-saving road for the isolated community of King Cove, Alaska. Met with opposition featuring dishonest and misleading arguments used in previous efforts to deny the life-saving road, the legislation passed with bipartisan support 248 to 179.