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House Minority advocates for more hours of public testimony

...testify on a budget that has more dramatic impacts than we've seen in more than 20 years," he said.House Finance co-chair Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, said after the Juneau hearing that the committee is also "concerned" about not having...
State | AK legislature
Juneau testifies against budget cuts

...pre-kindergarten education; Alaska Legal Services; and the University of Alaska Southeast.One woman, who committee co-chair Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, called "bold," even said she is "willing to belly up to the bar of adulthood...
State | AK legislature
The Road's new price tag: $4 million

...funding is secured, he said at last week's Senate Finance meeting.Leading the Thursday meeting was Senate Finance co-chair Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, who, along with others on the committee, defended the project to the commissioner...
Pay raise issue gets attention in budget hearing

...rather than in individual departments, and is better evaluated through legislation or standing committees.House Finance co-chair Steve Thompson said there are legal problems with freezing one department's salaries and not another's.The Fairbanks...
Medicaid expansion rejected by House Finance

...of the bill Friday.Majority representatives have called for legislation directly from the governor. House Finance co-chairs Reps. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, and Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, wrote the governor a letter Thursday, asking...
Susan Bell joins McDowell group

...research.As commerce commissioner, Bell had extensive contact with community and business leaders. She served as state co-chair of the Denali Commission and as a board member for the Alaska Railroad Corporation, Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska...
Finance member: Difficult decisions needed on budget

...expansion. The budget includes proposed cost-control efforts for the current Medicaid program.Both Senate Finance co-chair Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, and House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, said they would prefer to see reforms to...
State | AK legislature
Transportation department proposes ferry service reductions

...multibillion-dollar budget deficit.Early Monday, a co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Anna MacKinnon, projects for the coming year.Finance committee co-chairs often give lawmakers discretion in proposing how to spend...
House Finance pushes back on budget

...budget director, Pat Pitney, reiterated that position Thursday.But some committee members questioned the approach. Co-chair Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, said there might be less money to work with next year, and he said lawmakers might want...
Major companies in talks with state drone program

...infrastructure up there?" she said. "(Unmanned aircraft) can solve that."Rep. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, is the co-chair of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Legislative Task Force. She said after the presentation that while "it's exciting...
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