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Editor of @midnight_sun_ak. (Formerly @FDNMpolitics) Husker. WWE mark. #akleg tweeter and giffer. Video games: @The_Indoors. matt@midnightsunak.com
6 Oct
The House State Affairs Committee is underway with a hearing with a former procurement officer. They're talking about some MORE fishy contracts inked by Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka.

And no it's not the one @DermotMCole has been digging into.

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Speaking now, I believe, is Barry Jackson, Retired State Procurement Officer, who's looking at a contract Tshibaka is the project manager on. He's pointing out that the prior experience requirements are biased.

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5 Oct
APOC is now back after a break. They have voted 3-2 to hear the issue of the Defend Alaska Elections' disclosure on an expedited basis.

They will likely take it up at some time on Wednesday. Figuring out precise timing now.

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Yes on 2's Gottstein says anytime on Wednesday works for him.

Is Lee Baxter good with that? ....

Oh, he's not on the phone.

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They're literally just waiting for him to call in.

[Beep]

"Mr. Baxter, is that you? .... No.... We will continue to wait."

Ah, now he's on.

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5 Oct
The APOC hearing between Yes on 2 for Better Elections v. Defend Alaska Elections, alleging that Defend Alaska Elections has been constantly violating campaign finance law on several different levels, is underway.

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The main topic of today's case before APOC is whether APOC should take up the complaints on an expedited basis.

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Yes on 2 has brought three different claims against Defend Alaska Elections but is focusing in on a complaint about how DAE has been violating the three biggest contributors.

"It has never been correct," argues attorney Samuel Gottstein.

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15 Jul
The House HSS and State Affairs committees are meeting on COVID-19 safety in high-risk state facilities.

It'd be REALLY interesting given state's plan to open Pioneer Homes to visitors but it looks like the administration is a no-show.

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First up was testimony from Marvin Jones, the president of Unite Here, who says hotel workers need better protections, saying there's "a financial pressure to work."

That some hotels have no safety and no training in place to deal with it.

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Then they play a video from Unite Here of a call between an employee and someone with the Anchorage Hilton, where the supervisor appears to say if they're asymptomatic that they're fine to come in.

The employee said they had some symptoms and got tested.

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22 Apr
Woo! A busy #akleg day!

Up first is the H. Finance, which will hear an updated fiscal outlook and an update on federal CARES $. It sounds like they're still in a digesting stage on Dunleavy's proposal from last night.

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Leg. Fin. Director Pat Pitney going over the state's spring revenue forecast that estimated oil would drop by $20 per barrel and production would be down ~4K barrels.

"We believe that both the price estimate and the production estimate could be very optimistic."

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And if oil revenue wasn't bad enough, Pitney says if the COVID-19 market crash lasts ONLY one year that the long-term impact on the state's POMV draw would be a $300M hit. And that's IF it returns to 7% returns.

That's because the draw is a rolling five-year average.

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30 Jul 19
The Board of Regents is now hearing from Gov. Dunleavy directly. Follow live on alaska.edu/bor/live/

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Dunleavy, whose budget cut the university by $136M: "What I'd like to say is the university is an integral part of the state. ... The university has been a beneficiary of the state for years. ... Some of us are still living in a belief of $85 to $90 per barrel oil." #akleg
Dunleavy says his Feb. 13 budget "has caused quite a conversation for the state."

He says it's about "a new funding reality for the state" and calls "the game in Juneau about how much funding we can get for services in our districts." #akleg
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22 Jul 19
The Board of Regents is now back. President Johnsen is giving a presentation about the budget. "Yes, we enjoy huge public support ... but a simple majority is not enough and as a result uncertainty reigns and uncertainty is disabling the university in many ways." #akleg
Johnsen on financial exigency: "Given the very poor hand we have, it is the only tool available to us. ... None of us want to be here today." #akleg
Johnsen, rhetorically: "How can something so great, built by so many over so many years, be crippled by so few so quickly?" #akleg
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28 Jun 19
UA Pres. Johnsen now going into budget presentation: "It assumes rationality and the news that we just heard put that assumption, upon which we built this presentation, into serious question. ... Everything is out the window." #akleg #akgov
Johnsen: "This is much more than a substantial reduction." #akleg
Johnsen: "This is twice the most extreme cut we expected." #akleg

They had planned for $60M as worst-case scenario.
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11 May 19
The House State Affairs Committee is taking up a few bills. It already moved HR 11 renaming Saginaw Bay as Skanax Bay. Now onto two PFD-releaded bills. One would tie PFD size to oil revenue. Another would make PFD payments quarterly. #akleg
The first is HB132 by Rep. Wool. He says the PFD under the upcoming year would be about $1400 to $1500. "It's more reflective of the local Alaska economy than global Wallstreet economy." #akleg
That $1400 to $1500 would be based on a proposed amendment that'll be taken up at a different time. Until then, the bill's gonna get set aside. #akleg
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