End of the 2018 Legislative Session

End of the 2018 Legislative Session

We have received the end-of-session report from our government relations consultants. The report provides a detailed look at revenue, funding, and specific education legislation we were following or actively working on for passage. We worked with many other education organizations and activists to secure advance and increased funding for education. I am particularly proud of our years of committed work to sustain funding and expand pre-elementary programs statewide, and our continued and successful advocacy for school construction and major maintenance.

Education Budget Closeouts

Education Budget Closeouts

The House and Senate are working on closing out the FY 19 department budget subcommittee reports.  The House is taking public testimony on the FY 19 budgets this week.  From there the FY 19 budgets will go to the House floor for a vote.  The Senate is scheduling final close out of the department budgets for next week with public testimony on the proposed FY 19 budget not yet scheduled.

Beginning of the 2018 Legislative Session

In the first several weeks of session the Legislature has been busy with budget overviews, revenue projections, and subcommittee finance hearings overviewing individual department budgets. In a second session, all of the bills from the first session that have not passed are still in play, so the pace is fast from the beginning.  Last week, the House Finance Operating Budget Subcommittees held 21 meetings to examine department budgets.

The 30th Session of the Alaska State Legislature begins

The 30th Session of the Alaska State Legislature begins

Our long-time government relations director, Tom Begich, was sworn in yesterday as a newly elected State Senator and while we're sorry to lose his expertise on our team, we are happy to have another ally for public education in the State Senate. To fill this role moving forward, we are pleased to announce that we have contracted with J and H Consulting (Reggie Joule and Christine Hess) to carry on our legislative program this session.

Update

In late night action, after weeks of negotiations, the BSA funding and all early childhood funding for Pre K, Best Beginnings, and Parents as Teachers has been restored, as has some funding for the University of Alaska.