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What others say: Legislature's unwillingness to engage public a symptom of partisanship

...session rolled along, on a variety of different issues. After public comment closed on the state operating budget, Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, and Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, moved to reduce education formula funding by 4 percent, introducing...
Questions linger as date for lawmakers to reconvene looms

...alternatives to offset costs, like revisiting the state's oil tax credit system.Senate Finance Committee co-chairman Pete Kelly said in a phone interview that he thinks the budget can be sorted out before the end of this special session. He wasn't...
Walker says he won't rescind special session proclamation

...committees held their first hearings on Walker's new budget plan. Senate Finance members, and particularly co-chairman Pete Kelly, were unflinching in their criticism of the plan, which adds to the compromise budget passed earlier this week. It...
Senate Finance members defend budget proposal

...said she will "not be held hostage to spend more money that we don't have. Period."Committee co-chair Sen. Pete Kelly told reporters the state has fallen off the fiscal cliff and the Senate budget, which cut more deeply than Gov. Bill...
Governor: Medicaid reform without expansion unacceptable

...The House Finance Committee on Saturday introduced reform legislation similar to bills pending in the Senate from Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks.House Finance Committee co-chair Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, said members have said they...
Legislature's decimation of school funding is shortsighted cutting staff - up to 100 positions, according to the district's release. Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair Pete Kelly said the Senate "did what was in the best interests of the state of Alaska." It's hard to see how gutting school...
Senate panel doesn't include forward-funding of education

...committee adopted Wednesday that seeks to eliminate pay raises for public employees next year.Committee co-chairs Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, and Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, said these are hard times. The state is facing projected multibillion-dollar...
Senate passes bill changing marijuana crime laws

...amendments to the bill were also defeated during lengthy floor debate Monday, including one from Fairbanks Republican Sen. Pete Kelly that would have made marijuana concentrates illegal in two years.That failed, with two Democrats joining four Republican...
What others say: Future of marijuana bill unclear

...use following voter approval of Ballot Measure 2 in November 2014. But a controversial amendment by Fairbanks Sen. Pete Kelly has dimmed the prospect that a fix to conflicting state laws on legalization is imminent.At first, SB 30 was an ugly...
Gov. Bill Walker plans bill on Medicaid expansion, overhaul available for expansion provides an opportunity to finance reform efforts. Senate Finance Committee co-chair Pete Kelly, who last week introduced a bill focused solely on Medicaid overhaul, said he was glad Walker introduced a bill. Kelly...


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