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Legislators, please take your seats and listen

...testimony on one of its house bills. The chair was Rep. Alan Austerman. The exact bill and of what it entails is not important...we demand more from our elected officials:;
Austerman: Talks underway on pensions

...and fellow majority members are discussing possible options for addressing the state's pension obligation.Rep. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, said in a recent interview that "everything" is on the table, including possible contribution increases...
State | AK legislature
Alaska House approves $9.1 billion operating budget, rejects Democratic amendments

...still have invested wisely in our priority areas of education, transportation and natural resources," said Rep. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, the finance committee co-chairman.The proposal, which must be passed by the Senate, reduces general...
State | AK legislature
Committee approves audit on ferry repairs

...the state sues over how the repairs were done, the audit would be put on hold until the case is resolved.Rep. Alan Austerman requested that an audit look at the contract award. He wanted a review to determine whether bid specifications were...
State | AK legislature
Three things to watch: Golf, Constitution, judges

...this week, with House Finance aiming for the closeout of subcommittee work on the budget by month's end.Rep. Alan Austerman, the committee co-chair, told reporters the House version of the operating budget will probably include less in...
State | AK legislature
Gov. reiterates call for action on pension issue

...before the scheduled end of session, lawmakers have not yet decided how best to address the issue.Last week, Rep. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, a co-chair of the House Finance Committee, said "everything" was on the table in discussions with...
State | AK legislature
Budget officials grilled on 10-year plan

...That's slightly less than what Parnell initially proposed for his spending plan for next year.Committee co-chair Alan Austerman said that doesn't seem to fit with reality with the billions of dollars in increased costs the Legislature is anticipating...
State | AK legislature
House's budget claims conceal retirement spending

...the budget was passed."This is a conservative budget that proposes to spend less than the current year," Rep. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, said during the floor presentation of the budget Thursday. "We have to separate our wants from our...
State | AK legislature
Governor's pension plan gets municipal support

...about $340 million. Trust-fund earnings would eventually be used to pay benefits.Committee co-chair Rep. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, said if the municipal share went up, that would help with upfront payments toward the liability...
State | AK legislature
Proposed amendment seeks to protect dividends

...that that leads to, if you ever get to that point, is instituting a state income tax or a state sales tax."Rep. Alan Austerman, co-chair of the House Finance Committee, said at some point, if the state's revenue stream remains the same...


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