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Senate Finance: We can't work until House reaches agreement agreement."It's pointless to hold meetings until you have those agreements," said committee co-chair Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks.Committee member Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, said the Senate is not part of the problem when...
State | AK legislature
Questions linger as date for lawmakers to reconvene looms

...alternatives to offset costs, like revisiting the state's oil tax credit system.Senate Finance Committee co-chairman Pete Kelly said in a phone interview that he thinks the budget can be sorted out before the end of this special session. He wasn't...
Alaska editorial: Taking an ill-deserved recess, despite plenty of work left to be done

...Members of the majority have chided the new governor on his inexperience in dealing with the legislative branch - Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, likened Gov. Walker's call to a special session to "stamping his feet" - but before claiming the...
My Turn: Anger over education cuts are justified

...times of low oil prices, why shouldn't the state do likewise and adjust tax credits. Instead, according to Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, this idea is a "red herring." And voila - oil taxes escape the list of budgetary options. Did it...
Ferry budget add-backs reconsidered 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 to the minority that we don't agree anymore.""We...
State | AK legislature
House Democrats, Walker see Medicaid expansion as priority

...Medicaid costs have been a long-standing problem, and finding a solution will probably take time, too, said Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks."So I invite the governor to do quality work rather than hurried work, and let's look at this thing...
My Turn: Stand up and stop the crazy education cuts

...added up to another $47.6 million. If this move is a political ploy to have more negotiation leverage, as Sen. Pete Kelly stated, it's all the more reason to follow this topic. Apparently, and behind closed doors, the plan will be to...
Special session kicks into gear Tuesday "acceptable reformation plan" and appropriation approved by the Legislature.Senate Finance Committee co-chair Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, called it a tactical and strategic mistake for Walker to include Medicaid expansion on the call. He...
Sides entrench in budget fight

...said she will "not be held hostage to spend more money that we don't have. Period."Committee co-chair Sen. Pete Kelly told reporters the state has fallen off the fiscal cliff and the Senate budget, which cut more deeply than Gov. Bill...
Senate agrees with House; passes bill vetoing 2.5 percent raise for state's nonunion employees amendment that would have given state workers the option of a voluntary unpaid furlough. It was voted down.Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, said passing the bill is the responsible thing to do. He offered an exaggerated vision of Alaska's...
State | AK legislature


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