Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - House members have announced the first of a series of informational meetings to take place this week at the Capitol, covering topics ranging from budget and revenues to jobs and the economy.
At a press conference Monday, Rep. Dave Talerico (R-Healy) made it clear that he hoped these meetings would provide an opportunity to move forward with business and clear a pathway for a majority organization to be formed quickly.
“We’re going to need to immediately pivot to some pretty important things,” Talerico said following the conference. “These informational meetings are being held to make sure we don’t get stuck behind the curve when there’s so much to get done on the budget, economy, public safety improvements, and resource development.”
Representative Colleen Sullivan-Leonard (R-Wasilla) will be hosting a Jobs Forecast meeting with Labor Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. in Capitol Room 106, as well as an Economic Outlook presentation with Dr. Mouhcine Guettabi from UAA’s Institute for Social and Economic Research at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, also in Capitol Room 106.
“We open our work this week focusing on Alaska's 2019 Alaska economic forecast: jobs, industry, healthcare and regional economic outlook,” said Rep. Sullivan-Leonard. “Special emphasis will be given to an assessment of Alaska’s economy and statewide recession forecast and how our caucus can help in moving this agenda forward in the best interest of Alaskans and Alaska’s sustainability.”
Representative Tammie Wilson (R-North Pole) will hold a meeting on the State’s Revenue Forecast on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. in the House Finance Room with Department of Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman.