Greetings Friends and Neighbors,

We will gavel back in August 2nd for the Governor's 3rd Special Session to decide the future of the Permanent Fund Dividend. On May 19th, Alaska's 32nd legislative session officially adjourned after a four month session (121 days) that began on January 19th, which took many twists and turns as we navigated our way through the end of a Pandemic, a continually contentious budget, and the on going PFD debate.

This session, I served as the Chair of  the Senate Education Committee, and was asked by my colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I served as a member of the Senate Joint Armed Services Committee, the Senate State Affairs Committee, the Senate Commerce, Community & Economic Development Subcommittee, the Senate Education & Early Development Subcommittee, and the Senate Public Safety Subcommittee as well.  A total of 423 bills and resolutions were introduced, of those, 19 passed both chambers. 

Throughout the session it was clear the issues brought forward ignite the interests of Alaskans on both sides of the aisle and in all parts of the state. I am grateful to each of you who take the time to email, call, testify in committees, and meet with me to share your ideas, concerns, and your hopes for Alaska's future.

It is always a pleasure to meet with constituents during my time between special sessions in Anchorage. It's great working together with many of you and hearing from you is one of my favorite parts of serving.  My door is always open, and my cell phone number is 907-351-8277. 

Fiscal Policy Working Group

Legislative leaders representing all four caucuses announced the formation of a bicameral, bipartisan Fiscal Policy Working Group. With a particular focus on a long-term solution for the Permanent Fund Dividend, the group will develop a plan to solve Alaska’s fiscal challenge.

The group will consist of the following members:

  • Senator Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel (Senate Majority)

  • Senator Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer (Senate Majority)

  • Senator Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks (Senate Minority)

  • Senator Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau (Senate Minority)

  • Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka (House Majority)

  • Representative Calvin Schrage, I-Anchorage (House Majority)

  • Representative Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski (House Minority)

  • Representative Kevin McCabe, R-Mat-Su Valley (House Minority)

Alternates:

  • Senator Mike Shower, R-Mat-Su Valley (Senate Majority)

  • Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson, D-Anchorage (Senate Minority)

  • Representative Grier Hopkins, D-Fairbanks (House Majority)

  • Representative Mike Prax, R-North Pole (House Minority)

“Alaska is at a critical crossroads, high-centered due to contention about the Permanent Fund Dividend and the lack of a durable fiscal plan after nearly seven years of low oil prices,” said Senate President Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna. “The 32nd Legislature’s bipartisan, bicameral Fiscal Policy Working Group, equally involving the various viewpoints of all four legislative caucuses, will aggressively and transparently work toward a balanced solution supported by the majority of Alaskans. The group’s recommendations will provide a much-needed framework to deliver a durable plan forward. I am pleased to see the four caucuses working as one in an unprecedented effort and always involving the public in their decisions.”

“As Alaska continues its recovery from COVID-19 we can’t afford to let fiscal uncertainty and partisan gridlock further threaten Alaska’s economy,” said House Minority Leader Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla. “It is imperative the legislature address long term fiscal stability this year. We must undertake the difficult and necessary task of taking the future of the Dividend off the negotiating table. My hope is this working group, equally representing all caucuses, will help guide the legislature to a balanced and comprehensive fiscal policy.”

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Senator Holland on the future of the Permanent Fund and SJR 6

As one of the freshman Senators this year, a current theme is being part of the solution and not accepting business as usual. I have been a part of several solutions this year, but to me, this is one of the most important ones. We have seen a formula that has been unable to deliver a PFD over a certain amount for a few years now. With SJR 6 as a starting point, this plan is good for Alaskans and an important step for the future of a PFD for the people. 

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Alaska's Budget

The Alaska Senate passed the budget on June 16, 2021. Unfortunately we had to wait for the House members during the special session to accomplish their goal of a 2/3 vote to pass the budget with effective dates. Unless those effective dates were agreed upon, the budget wouldn’t have gone into effect in time and our state government would have come to a grinding halt. There is still much work to be done this year and we are reconvening for the next special session Governor Michael Dunleavy called starting on August 2nd. In the meantime, there is work being done in the Fiscal Plan Work Group which is meeting with all four caucuses represented so we can protect our Permanent Fund Dividend. 
 
During this brief window between special sessions, I’d like to take every opportunity to meet with you and hear your thoughts on the challenges our state is facing. The door of my interim office in Anchorage is always open for you and I am looking forward to seeing you out enjoying the Alaskan summer sunshine. 

 
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CONTACT YOUR SENATOR


Contact Info:
Email: sen.roger.holland@akleg.gov

Session Contact
State Capitol Room 115
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: 907-465-4843

Interim Contact
1500 W. Benson Blvd.
Anchorage AK, 99503
Phone: 907-269-0181

Cell/Text 907-351-8277

 

COMMUNITY COUNCIL SCHEDULES

Federation of Community Councils

Glen Alps CC meeting: August 26th, 7 PM

Huffman/O'Malley CC: August 19. at 7 PM via Zoom

Northeast CC: August 19th, at 7PM via Zoom

 

 

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