Session Drawing to a Close |

by Senator Cathy Giessel

With session coming to a close here in Juneau, we will be moving our office to the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. My office will be up and running soon. I look forward to seeing you back in the district.

SB 123 – “An Act establishing May 10 of each year as Alaska Mining Day”

I introduced legislation this month to commemorate a piece of Alaska’s “bedrock” history and industry. May 10, 1872, will mark the 140th anniversary of the General Mining Law of the United States which governs prospecting and mining for minerals on federal public lands. Mining was an extremely important component in Alaska’s early development and economy. Many cities such as Fairbanks, Juneau, and Nome were founded as mining communities. Today the industry continues to provide hundreds of good paying jobs and substantial revenue to the state. With our globally significant resources of gold, silver, lead, zinc, copper, coal and rare earth elements, mining in Alaska has a bright future.

The Capital Budget at a Glance for District P

Here are some of the project found in the Senate Finance Committee work draft. The budget still needs to pass the House and the Governors veto pen, so these projects are not set in stone.

  • Alaska Botanical Garden – $750,00.00
  • Alaska ZooVehicle Purchases – $268,000.00
  • Alaska Zoo Signage & Grounds Upgrades – $161,000.00
  • Anchorage Arlberg Ave Extension & Creek Area Access – $3,500,000.00
  • Anchorage Hillside Drainage Improvement – $300,000.00
  • Anchorage Hillside Road Rehabilitation – $280,000.00
  • Anchorage Park-Abbot-O-Rabbit Little League Upgrades – $400,000.00
  • Girdwood K-8 School Furniture Replacement – $50,000.00
  • Goldenview Middle School Stage – $50,000.00
  • Klatt Elementary Classroom Technology – $62,000.00
  • New Seward Hwy (Rabbit Creek-36th Ave) – $2,000,000.00
  • Seward Hwy (Anchorage-Portage CLacier Rd) – $750,000.00
  • Seward Hwy (Milepost 104-115 Passing Lanes-Indian to Potter) – $15,000,000.00
  • Ocean View Elementary – $45,000.00
  • Service High School Repairs – $15,000.00
  • South Hight School Technology – $235,000.00
  • Whittier Shotgun Cove Road Phase III – $400,000.00
  • Whittier Snowblower – $700,000.00

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Portrait of the four Caucus Members

Senate Republican Caucus:

The four members of the Senate Republican Minority intend to draw on their expertise to promote back-to-basics government characterized by fiscal restraint, principled conduct, cooperation and progress on issues vital to Alaska.
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