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Alaska Senate, House approve fully funded budget

...government had to shrink."Government has had a good run, but circumstances have changed," Kelly said.State Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, voted no. He noted education will take a $32.5 million hit, while lawmakers left intact Alaska's...
Cook Inlet oil companies heavy consumers of tax credit reimbursements

...if the state declined to pay them - rather, the credits are understood to be subject to appropriation. Senator Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, asked if Alaska has "ever, in the history of our state, paid out more in tax credits than we've...
Walker won't force Juneau as special session venue

...and call themselves into a special session in a location they chose. Gardner, in another memo requested by Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, said a court would likely conclude that if the Legislature wants to meet in special session in...
Lawmakers sweep $94 million into rainy day fund

...represents the state's leanest capital budget since 2001. It passed the Senate 18-2, with Sens. Berta Gardner and Bill Wielechowski, both Anchorage Democrats, voting against.The state capital budget now goes to the House. A House Finance committee...
Senate passes bill changing marijuana crime laws

...the state's controlled substances list.Sens. Johnny Ellis, Berta Gardner and Bill Wielechowski, all Anchorage Democrats, voted against the bill.Wielechowski said he thought marijuana should have been removed from the state's list of controlled...
Bill to limit corporation role in alternate project advances

...of his proposal and a willingness to keep moving ahead on Alaska LNG. During Friday afternoon's hearing, Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, said he wanted to hear what the companies had to say. He said he considered that critical to the...
Legislative Finance director paints sobering budget picture

...Alaskans are derived. Lawmakers also could revisit the oil tax issue, something Democratic Rep. Les Gara and Sen. Bill Wielechowski brought up in interviews after Teal's presentation. The Republican-controlled Legislature has shown no interest...
Lawmakers fast-track bill to avoid paying Anchorage bonds

...lower rate.Anchorage voters on April 7 will decide the multimillion-dollar bond package.Sens. Johnny Ellis and Bill Wielechowski, both Anchorage Democrats, said it's unfair to change the policy because voting is already underway in Anchorage...
Senate Finance rolls out proposal meant to spur talks

...Micciche, R-Soldotna, said Senate Finance is approaching this process with a spirit of compromise. But Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, called the committee's actions "a very troubling turn of events."In an interview, Wielechowski...
Legislature adjourns, convenes new session in Anchorage over minority objections

...During a floor session held Thursday at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office, Anchorage Democrat Sen. Bill Wielechowski requested the Legislature reconvene Friday in Juneau, where the governor ordered the session be held."As much...


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