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Committee reverts Erin's Law to original version

...and I think the more moderate wing of the caucus has prevailed in the face of public pressure," she said.Senate Finance co-chair Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, led the Wednesday hearings. She said she was committed to listening to each person's...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-11/committee-reverts-erins-law-original-ve
State
Senate Finance rolls out proposal meant to spur talks

...hoped to avoid notices being sent if possible to spare additional stress from being put on workers, though Senate Finance co-chair Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, also has said that he regarded that as a soft deadline.Alaska has billions of dollars...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-01/senate-finance-rolls-out-proposal-meant
State
Juneau rep pulls vote on minority amendment

...Gara was obviously upset by the reversal. He said during the meeting he was "a little bit pi**ed off." House Finance co-chair Rep. Mark Neuman told him to watch his language."I stand by my language," he said. "I'm trying to be pretty...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-28
State | Local | AK legislature
Compromise or 'coercion'?

...as do the 2.5 percent scheduled pay increases for state employees, said Peter Ecklund, a staffer to House Finance co-chair Rep. Mark Neuman, during a Wednesday meeting.The majority will then turn to plan B, the $4.9 billion transfer...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-27/compromise-or-coercion
State
Gov cites public confusion in not signing school bond bill

...2020. The reimbursement rate would be reduced after that.Legislative attorney Kate Glover, in a memo to Senate Finance co-chair Anna MacKinnon earlier this month, said that if a municipality has a contract in place before the law takes retroactive...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-27/gov-cites-public-confusion-not-signing-
State
Ferry budget add-backs reconsidered

...percent fare increase could backfire and cause ridership to go down.After the short committee meeting, Senate Finance co-chair and conference committee vice chair Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, said reconsidering ferry funding is "saying...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-23/ferry-budget-add-backs-reconsidered
State | AK legislature
Walker asks for more action in limbo session

...majority will "not be held hostage (by the House) to spend more money that we don't have. Period," Senate Finance co-chair Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, said in Tuesday's conference.The committee has scheduled another presentation...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-23/walker-asks-more-action-limbo-session
State | AK legislature
Juneau powerless in bill

...majority members are not keen on seeing any projects tacked back on to the Interior Energy Project bill. Senate Finance co-chair Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, said the bill came to them as a "Christmas tree" - a vehicle for lots of stuff...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-22/juneau-powerless-bill
Local | AK legislature
New version of bill leaves legislative salaries alone

...to liability in a potential lawsuit brought by legislative employees," according to a staff member for House Finance co-chair Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks.Nonpartisan legislative employees could sue the state over the bill based...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-07/house-committee-considers-bill-save-som
State | AK legislature
Lawmakers sweep $94M into rainy day fund

...governor's $32 million cut in one-time education funding for FY 16 and $19.9 million for FY 17. But Senate Finance co-chair Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, said the money needs to be placed in the account for "next year, when...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-11/lawmakers-sweep-94m-rainy-day-fund
State | AK legislature

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