Alaska Governor Sean Parnell faced incoming fire from Senators of both parties as well as his own revenue commissioner today. Words like “misleading” and “purely deceptive” were used by them to describe the Governor’s statements regarding the oil tax bill now working its way through the Senate. Ouch.
Interested in becoming a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in North Carolina next September? The first step is attending your district caucus. Delegates elected at the caucuses will attend the bi-annual State Convention in Fairbanks May 11-13. From there, delegates will be elected to attend the DNC in Charlotte, NC. Please email David (dbremer@AlaskaDemocrats.org) with any questions.
The Senate will be taking public testimony on SB 192 , their reasoned oil tax alternative to the Governor's massive giveaway (HB 110), today and tomorrow at 6pm. Go to or call your local LIO to testify. A list of LIOs can be found HERE. If you are unable to testify, please send an email to Senators Paskvan at Senator_Joe_Paskvan@legis.state.ak.us and Wagoner at Senator_Tom_Wagoner@legis.state.ak.us.
ICYMI - Sen. Begich was recently named a Champion for Children by the First Focus Campaign for Children. This prestigious award recognizes the top 100 members of Congress who advocate on behalf of children in policy and budget decisions.
In the letter, Begich offers the State any possible assistance in making the case for a waiver to the Obama Administration. Begich writes:
“I am willing to assist you in explaining to the Obama Administration the unique challenges Alaska’s schools face, and why unique solutions will be required to deliver a quality education to our students. For instance, labeling schools as failures for not meeting every NCLB benchmark when students are indeed making progress is not fair. Federal waivers will allow important flexibility and recognize growth.”