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STATEMENT: Senate Democrats Disappointed at Lack of Fiscal Plan, Hopeful for Another Opportunity

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PRESS STATEMENT
June 19, 2016 

Senate Democrats Disappointed at Lack of Comprehensive Fiscal Plan, Hopeful for Another Opportunity to Get it Right

JUNEAU – Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner: “From the very beginning, the Senate Democrats have said that the most important thing for the legislature to do this session is pass a comprehensive fiscal plan for the state. The plan must be fair, and not disproportionately affect the Alaskans least able to bear a financial hit. As we head toward our fifth special session, I hope that my colleagues take this philosophy to heart and that we can come together to craft a workable fiscal solution for Alaska’s future. Doing nothing is not acceptable. We have once again been offered the chance to get it right. I hope we take it.”

JUNEAU – Senator Bill Wielechowski: “I am extremely disappointed in the Senate Majority’s refusal to get the job done. The Senate Majority’s solution to the state’s fiscal gap was nothing more than a grab for the earnings of the Permanent Fund – the place that hits average Alaskans hardest and leaves the most advantaged, and oil companies held harmless. We can and we must do better in the upcoming special session. I am hopeful that the Governor will veto HB247, and that we pass a strong bill to limit oil tax subsidies and fix the glaring problems in our oil tax structure before we take from Alaskans’ pockets to pay for it.”

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