Capitol Brief by Senator Bill Wielechowski

Keeping In Touch

Representing the neighborhoods of Mountain View - Muldoon - Russian Jack

March 5, 2013
 
Senator Bill Wielechowski
Senator
Bill Wielechowski

716 W 4th Suite 540
Anchorage, AK 99501
907.269.0120
fax  269.0122

sen.bill.wielechowski@
akleg.gov

State Capitol, Rm 419
Juneau, AK 99801
800.550.2435
907.465.2435
FAX: 907.465.6615

Contact the Governor
Governor Parnell's Anchorage office may be reached at 269-7450, or e-mail him at sean.parnell@alaska.gov

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Congressional Delegation

Senator Mark Begich,
Anchorage Office:
907-271-5915
Sen. Mark Begich

Senator Lisa Murkowski,
Anchorage Office:
907-271-3735,
Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Congressman Don Young,
Anchorage Office:
907-271-5978
don.young@mail.house.gov

 

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It was great to see so many people turn out for Anchorage caucus and town hall meetings last weekend. It is important that we hear from you in order to better represent you. Your thoughts and opinions on the issues before the legislature are important.

I want to continue to hear your thoughts about the issues facing the legislature this year and what is happening in your neighborhood. I hope you will take a moment to fill out my annual survey. The responses provide me with valuable guidance. You can fill out the survey online at the links provided below.

District 13 – Muldoon and Elmendorf AFB
http://alaskasenatedems.com/survey/district13.php

District 14 – College Gate, Russian Jack and Nunaka Valley
http://alaskasenatedems.com/survey/district14.php

Standing room only as Anchorage legislators listen to concerns of Anchorage residents
Standing room only as Anchorage legislators listen to concerns of Anchorage residents

General Hoog and Sen. Wielechowski talking before the Joint Armed Services hearing on Feb 14th
General Hoog and Sen. Wielechowski talking before the Joint Armed Services hearing on Feb 14th

Tax Relief for Small Businesses

Small businesses are a critical part of our economy. They employ 53% of our private-sector work force or about 69,000 Alaskans. Many of these businesses are struggling to survive and need our help so they can grow and create more jobs. Last week the Senate adopted a provision I proposed that will free 14,000 of Alaska’s smallest businesses from having to pay any state income tax. The provision exempts businesses with taxable income of less than $25,000 from paying Alaska’s corporate income tax.

Collectively, these small businesses pay less than a half million a year – a small amount compared with the $6 billion generated last year from oil and gas production taxes. We took an important step forward in providing assistance to Alaska’s small businesses owners.

East Anchorage resident Haleigh Brannon came to Juneau to guest Page for the day.
East Anchorage resident Haleigh Brannon came to Juneau to guest Page for the day.

Glenn Highway/Muldoon Interchange Project

Due to the increased activity with the new shopping center, VA Clinic, Bartlett High and access to JBER, increasing safety and traffic issues have been a concern for many at the Glenn Highway and Muldoon Interchange. Last year I helped secure $15.45 million to begin developing a plan to address the safety concerns for traffic and pedestrians.

Currently, DOT is in negotiations for consultant design services. The Department anticipates traffic analysis and preliminary engineering work to begin in early 2013. Once the scope of work is defined, the full design will get underway. Project schedule currently shows construction beginning in 2015 depending on funding availability (the 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan estimates the construction at $70 million).

The plans will consider a long term solution to address safety concerns associated with the increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic within the interchange of the Glenn highway and Muldoon road.

Great visit with constituents Michele Girault and Barb Rath
Great visit with constituents Michele Girault and Barb Rath

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to call my office at 800-550-2435 or 269-0120. And don’t forget – you can always follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more breaking information and visit my new website (senatorbill.org)

Warmly,

[signed]

Bill Wielechowski
Alaska State Senator
District J - Anchorage

http://alaskasenatedems.com/wielechowski