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Lynn Says 149% Real Estate License Fee Hike Bad for Business

(Anchorage) - Alaska House State Affairs Committee Chair Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, has called a proposed 149% increase in real estate licensing fees, from $275 to $685, bad for business and unacceptable. In a letter to Commerce Commissioner Susan Bell and Don Habeger, who runs the division that oversees professional licensing, Lynn states that "every Alaskan envisions as I do, that Alaska should enjoy a business-friendly environment, not one that is repressed."

Lynn asked the state department of commerce today to extend the public comment period for its proposed 149-percent real estate license fee increase until at least after the next Real Estate Commission meeting in December.

"It's clear to me that the Alaska Real Estate Commission budget needs to be contained - more directly - the contractual (legal and investigative) portion of the budget. We cannot have, what seems to be, an 'open checkbook' for expenditures," Lynn writes.

The full text of this release can be found below: http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20111021-287

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Valley Legislators Holding Knik Arm Bridge Update

(Wasilla) - A pair of Mat-Su Valley legislators will host an update on the proposed Knik Arm Crossing next week in Wasilla. Representative Mark Neuman, R-Su-Valley, and Senator Linda Menard, R-Wasilla, will lead the meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Mat-Su Legislative Information Office.

Who: Rep. Mark Neuman, Sen. Linda Menard, KABATA officials What: Knik Arm Crossing Update

When: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Mat-Su LIO, 600 E Railroad Avenue

The full text of this media alert can be found below: http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20111021-286

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