Tag Archives: Alaska State Legislature

Fisheries development tax credit making progress in state legislature

State lawmakers are looking at extending and expanding a tax credit for shoreside seafood processors in Alaska. Alaska has given tax credits to salmon processors that invest in new equipment for nearly 20 years. That program was expanded back in 2014 to include herring processors. Senate Bill 33 would extend that program through 2026, but it would also go further …

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Alaska lawmakers applaud Biden administration ban on Russian seafood imports

State and federal lawmakers from Alaska are applauding the Biden administration’s decision to ban Russian seafood imports. It’s part of a series of escalating sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. Sen. Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young released statements Friday welcoming the move. Legislators at the state and federal level have been calling for a Russian seafood ban …

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No easy answers for lawmakers in Juneau on latest string of fisheries disasters

House lawmakers in Juneau gathered this week for a special meeting on the latest fishery disasters issued by the federal government last month. Fourteen fisheries across Alaska were approved as disasters between the years 2018 and 2021 by the federal Commerce Department last month — including the Gulf of Alaska’s cod fishery in 2020. That’s a lot, Alaska Department of …

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Assembly Urges Legislature to Pass Budget for Health of Fisheries

Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly addressed a letter to the Alaska state legislature last week, urging legislators to pass the budget in light of impending commercial fishery openings. In the letter, the assembly writes that the “salmon won’t stop and wait for a government budget solution.” The letter stresses the economic effect a potential government shutdown on July …

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Election Profile: Gary Stevens

Gary Stevens. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Legislature If you google Gary Steven’s name, you’ll find a slew of articles about hall-of-famer, Gary L Stevens, a diminutive horse jockey with a long history of racing, and Alaska’s Senator Gary Stevens has also been in the saddle for quite a few years. And he wants to stay in the saddle. In …

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Governor Calls House and Senate into Special Session

Andrew Kitchenman/APRN Governor Bill Walker called the Alaska State Legislature into a special session minutes after it adjourned last night. He wants them to address the budget and other bills lawmakers failed to pass during the 121-day session. A minute past midnight, Walker called for Legislators to return to Juneau on Monday. He asked them to consider the capital and …

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