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Untold reality of state's minimum wage debate

...The people want this, and that's our job to do the will of the people," said Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage and co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee.Opponents are skeptical of the timing of the legislation, which was introduced late...
State | AK legislature
House panel moves Gov.'s pension plan

...Finance was meeting on the opposite end of the fifth floor of the Capitol, discussing other options.Senate Finance co-chair Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, said he is interested in putting more toward the teachers retirement system than Parnell...
State | AK legislature
Governor's pension plan gets municipal support

...500 million would be 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...
State | AK legislature
Alaska Senate passes $2.2B capital budget

...state's budget situation.Senate Finance Committee co-chair Kevin Meyer said he thought members had done a good job...has said he was persuaded by university officials and co-chair Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, that a greater need for UAF...
State | AK legislature
Parnell pitches own retirement bill

...for somewhere between $700 million and $975 million in this budget."It gives certainty," House Finance Committee co-chair Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, told the Empire. "We didn't have the certainty of legislation and the framework to follow...
State | AK legislature
House Resources advances gas line bill

...amendments and debated many of them at length - even some that were ultimately withdrawn - over the course of several days.Co-chair Dan Saddler, R-Eagle River, said he thought Alaskans could take comfort that the committee did "good, hard work...
State | AK legislature
Photo: Anybody out there?

House Majority Caucus members Finance Co-Chair Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, left, Majority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski...
Senate Finance advances budget bill

...lawmakers.The budget bill is subject to change. Once it passes the Senate, it will go to the House.Senate Finance co-chair Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, has said that his goals with the budget included having the state finish projects...
State | AK legislature
My Turn: Alaska can't afford two mega-energy projects

...told legislators, "We are spending about $7 billion and our revenue is only $5 billion." House Finance Committee co-chair Alan Austerman has also done the math. Early in this year's session he told the Associated Press, "state legislators...
$1.9B capital budget unveiled

...unveiled a $1.9 billion capital budget Monday, which co-chair Kevin Meyer said was in keeping with the goal of a smaller...R-Anchorage, said he was persuaded by university officials and co-chair Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, that a greater need for UAF...
State | AK legislature


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