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06/30/16

Alaska Aviation Festival is July 17

Alaska Aviation Museum is having their annual Alaska Aviation Festival on Sunday, July 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   They will have vintage airplanes fly low over Lake Hood, flight simulators, scavenger hunts, paper plane contests, live music, a food truck carnival and a beer & wine garden.    Admission is free for members and kids, $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and veterans. Parking provided by Alaska Park with free shuttle to the museum.     Don't miss the Alaska Aviation Festival, July 17th at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Lake Hood.   For more information visit aviationfestival.net or call 907-248-5325.   

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06/30/16

Boldly going where no legislature has gone before...

It's been a chunk of time since the last newsletter. My, my, what has since transpired. All of us, the entire State of Alaska, are peering into an inky black fiscal abyss. Earlier today, Governor Walker vetoed a bunch of budget line items, scolding the legislature for a job undone. And in a mere two weeks, all of Alaska will collectively inhale for a record-breaking fifth special legislative session, theoretically, hopefully, to lead us away from fiscal abyss and towards a sustainable financial future. But before all that, let's exhale, and consider how we got to where we are. Five Special Sessions?! Five legislative special sessions will be tops in Alaska history. It's like quintuple overtime in basketball, except that the legislature...

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06/30/16

Celebrate safely this Independence Day Weekend

 (Fairbanks, AK) - Independence Day Weekend is a cause for celebration but it also can be the cause of wildland fires. Alaska’s interagency wildfire officials would like to remind the public to be extremely cautious this holiday weekend with any activity that could ignite a wildfire.  While many areas of the state have received wide-spread precipitation in recent days, some areas in Alaska remain extremely dry. In addition, fuels dry out very quickly and it only takes one or two days of hot, dry weather to prime fuels. The Fourth of July weekend traditionally results in new wildfire starts as a result of people partaking in recreational activities. If you have a campfire, please ensure that it is attended at all times and is completely extinguished before you...

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06/30/16

It's Your Business June 29-July 13, 2016

  It's Your Business June 29-July 13, 2016 In This Issue OCS support Get involved! Fall Forum Member spotlight Holiday office closure   Upcoming Committee Meetings...

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06/30/16

Much Good and Some Bad in Governor Walker’s Line Item Budget Vetoes

Anchorage – Earlier today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker used his line-item veto power to cut $1.29 billion from the FY 2017 budgets.  The veto includes $430 million in tax credit and other payments to the oil and gas industry down to the statutory minimum requirement of $30 million.  The veto of the oil tax credit money is supported by members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC) in the Alaska House of Representatives. “Our budget is being burdened by this unsustainable system of tax credits that results in the State of Alaska covering hundreds of millions in losses incurred by oil and gas companies, many of which are among the richest corporations on earth,” said AIDC Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage).  “Legislative efforts...

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06/30/16

Celebrate Our State Flag with AK Child & Family

You’re invited! AK Child & Family welcomes the community to honor the Alaska Flag with us, during our annual Flag Day celebration on Saturday, July 9 from 5:30pm8:30pm. The AK Child & Family campus will be transformed into a festival filled with food, face painting, live music, and lots of family games. You can also meet U.S Olympic Nordic Ski Team member Sadie Bjornsen, as she serves as one of our special guest ice cream scoopers.    Flag Day is celebrated each year to mark the date when the very first Alaska Flag flew over the Jesse Lee Home, AK Child & Family’s predecessor, in Seward in 1927. Each year on July 9 Alaska Child & Family also honors Benny Benson. Benson entered a contest to design the Alaska Flag in 1925 when he was just 13 years...

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06/30/16

Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Supports Long Overdue Decision to Drop Failed Lawsuit to Stop Medicaid Expansion in Alaska

Anchorage – Earlier today, a majority of the members of the Alaska Legislative Council voted to stop the lawsuit challenging Medicaid expansion in Alaska.  The lawsuit was dismissed in March by a Superior Court Judge after finding that the Social Security Act allowed the Governor to initiate Medicaid expansion and that existing state law required Governor Walker to provide Medicaid to the group of Alaskans eligible for expansion.  The Alaska Legislative Council is made up of members of both the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska Senate and it represents the Alaska Legislature in some instances when the Legislature is not in session.  Today’s action by the Legislative Council stops an appeal of the lawsuit to the Alaska Supreme Court.  ...

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06/30/16

Alaskanomics's Blog: Governor Walker Exercises Veto Power for FY17 Budget

The new fiscal year starts on Friday and Governor Walker used his veto powers today to begin to fill the $4 billion hole in the State’s budget. The Governor announced a total of $1.3 billion in vetoes and savings. The single largest amount was the $665 million in the reduction of the Permanent Fund Dividend. In a news conference, Walker said, “high dividends are not sustainable, and reduction in the payout is needed to keep the fund alive”. Without changes to the program, the dividend will go away in a few short years. He also deferred payment for oil and gas tax credits that totaled $430 million. Road and bridge projects were deferred to save $250 million this year, while two mega-projects, the Knik Arm Bridge and Susitna-Watana Dam, were halted. Government,...

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06/30/16

Seattle Seahawks Support Special Olympics Alaska and Mat-Su Sea Hawkers in Fundraiser

ANCHORAGE, AK- Calling all 12s. Join Special Olympics Alaska and the Mat-Su Sea Hawkers for an Exclusive Night with the Seattle Seahawks Thursday July 7, 6-9 p.m. at the Special Olympics Alaska Athlete Training Center and Campus. This exclusive night will include a meet and greet, silent and live auction featuring one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia, a sports experience with Special Olympics Alaska athletes and dinner catered by The Marx Bros. Café. The meet and greet will feature the following Seattle Seahawks: tackle Terry Poole and guard Kristjan Sokoli, Sea Gals cheerleaders DeDjauna Simpson and Kylie Cook and Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable Jr. Tickets are still available at $125 per person for this fun-filled night. All proceeds will support...

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06/30/16

2016 Aviation Festival

Alaska Aviation Museum is having their annual Alaska Aviation Festival on Sunday, July 17 th from 10am-4pm. They will have vintage airplanes fly low over Lake Hood, flight simulators, scavenger hunts, paper plane contests, live music, a food truck carnival and a beer & wine garden. Admission is free for members and kids, $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and veterans. Parking provided by Alaska Park with free shuttle to the museum.The Alaska Aviation Festival, July 17 th at the Alaska Aviation Museum on Lake Hood. For more information visit aviationfestival.net or by calling 248-5325.  

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