Alaskans deserve a consistent PFD, but any solution must also balance the diverse needs of the state's communities, writes Rep. Louise Stutes.
Rep. Louise Stutes delivers an update on legislative efforts to revitalize the Alaska Marine Highway System.
Rep. Louise Stutes urges the public to participate in a Saturday, April 10 hearing regarding Gov. Mike Dunleavy's appointees to the Board of Fisheries.
The House Fisheries Committee is considering bills to support Alaska's commercial fishermen and to manage invasive species, writes Rep. Louise Stutes.
As Speaker of the House, Rep. Louise Stutes will continue to advocate on issues affecting Cordova, she writes.
Implementing meaningful ferry system reform is one of the top priorities for this legislative session, writes Rep. Louise Stutes.
There is newly available federal funding for fishermen negatively impacted by retaliatory tariffs the past few years. STRP, previously in place for lobstermen, was expanded on Sept. 14 to include Dungeness, king, snow and Tanner crab, as well as geoducks, herring, pacific cod, pollock, black cod, salmon, squid and tuna.
Rep. Louise Stutes: A lawsuit was filed against the state on Wednesday seeking an injunction on the CARES funding approved by the LB&A committee. The lawsuit, filed by a Juneau resident, asserts that the appropriations are invalid as they were not voted on by the full Legislature. A judge has been assigned to the case, but no action has been taken thus far.
The Alaska Legislature has recently approved packages of COVID-19 relief funding and unemployment insurance benefits.
These truly are unprecedented times. The impacts of COVID-19 on Alaska’s health and economy are far reaching and uncertainty seems to be the only constant. Further, we find ourselves in uncharted territory as the price of oil hovers around $10 per barrel.