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Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, released the following statement today in response to the House Majority’s failure to compromise on an operating budget……“We are deeply disappointed in the House Majority’s actions tonight. In one fell swoop, the House Majority’s $12.1 billion budget plunders one-third of the Permanent Fund earnings reserve, forcing the fund’s managers to sell off high-earning assets in exchange for a quick political ‘fix’ that solves nothing. This is the same fund that pays out dividends to Alaskans. Contrary to the House Majority’s rhetoric, their budget and adjournment tonight does not avert a government shutdown, but forces the Legislature into an additional special session that adds costs, grows uncertainty for the public and private sectors, and further hampers the ability of the two bodies to reach a compromise.” The House majority moved during a late Thursday floor session to rescind a prior vote on Alaska’s capital budget and advance a state operating budget as an 89-page amendment to that measure. There’s general agreement that earnings from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund, should be used to help cover costs. But the House coalition, earlier this year conditioned its support for use of earnings and an initial limit on the size of dividend Alaskans would get from the fund on passage of a broad-based tax and an overhaul of oil tax and credit policies. They saw that as a more balanced approach. Governor Bill Walker: “We were surprised by the House Majority’s actions tonight. They did not get the job done for Alaska. A compromise is required to protect Alaskans and put the state on a stable fiscal path.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A divided House has adopted a take-it-or-leave-it approach on the state budget late Thursday, with the passage of a thrown-together spending plan amid ongoing frustration with the Senate, and adjourning from the special session in its final days. Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon: “Our actions tonight were not taken lightly. We simply had to remove the threat of a government shutdown from over the heads of Alaskans and our already struggling economy. We negotiated in good faith for a comprehensive and evenhanded fiscal plan, but the Senate Majority refused to consider anything other than their plan to cut Permanent Fund Dividends. Such a plan is simply unfair and places the sole burden of filling the over $2 billion budget gap on every man, woman, and child in Alaska without balanced contributions from the oil industry or the thousands of out-of-state workers.” Minority House Republicans fiercely objected, saying they had little time to review the budget proposal and warned the move could tarnish relationships among lawmakers. For months, the House and Senate have been at odds over the best path forward for the state, which has long relied on oil revenue to pay for government services and has been using savings to cover deficits amid low oil prices. Today marks the end of the special session.
GUYANA’S male and female teams have advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2018 IBF Antilles U18 Championship, which bounced off last evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.The Guyanese quartet of Akeem Crandon, Andrew Johnson, Nigel Bowen and Shamar France opened with an impressive 11-7 win over French Guiana, but fell 5-11 to Martinique in their second group-stage game.The result was good enough to see them advance to the final day of the annual championship, where they will face St Lucia at 14:15hrs.Annalisa Barclay drives hard to the basket in Guyana’s 14-0 win against Aruba.Over in the women’s category, Annalisa Barclay, Saffiya Greene, Lydia Roberts and Roschelle Campbell got off to a flying start with a 4-2 win over St Lucia, and followed up a 14-0 blowout victory over Aruba.The local ladies were however humbled 4-8 by Barbados, who had played undefeated in their three group games, and as per tournament rules, have progressed to the semi-finals based on their win-record.In today’s quarter-finals, Guyana’s female team will face Guadeloupe from 14:30hrs.