Speaker Edgmon Statement on Status of the Special Session
Coalition Members Determined to Reach the Right Fiscal Solutions for Alaska
Juneau – Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives, Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), today released the following statement regarding the ongoing special legislative session and approaching deadline to avoid a government shutdown.
“The pink slips that nearly 20,000 state workers received this week have cast a shadow of doubt over households throughout the state. This uncertainty affects not only Alaskans employed directly by the state, but also many employed in the private sector, from realtors to commercial fishermen, who rely on state services daily in order to engage in their profession.”
“The House Majority Coalition is determined to end this period of uncertainty, avoid a state government shutdown, and reach a fair and sensible compromise with the Senate.”
“Alaskans have had enough of the strain in their lives that eleventh-hour negotiations cause, and we know that. This is the third year in a row that budget negotiations have spilled over into special sessions. Nothing could better underscore the need to balance the budget and return the state to enduring fiscal stability. Reaching the right solutions in the coming days will finally put an end to year after year of session overtime and the stresses that puts on Alaskans.”
“Negotiations between the House and Senate leadership have been ongoing throughout the special session. Next week, conference committees for the Operating Budget and the oil & gas tax reform bill are scheduled to meet. They are focused on finding common ground and forging agreements.”