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One Alaska Update: Keeping up with Gov. Bill Walker

Fellow Alaskan –

On Thursday, I had the great honor of addressing Alaskans and the Legislature about what makes me optimistic about the State of our State. I don’t have to tell you how richly blessed we all are to be Alaskans, to live in a land of unparalleled beauty with limitless potential. We have challenges—some more difficult than others—but my optimism comes directly from the state of our state, from the strength and resilience of our people, and from the steps we are taking to control our own destiny by building a safer, smarter, stronger Alaska.

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Alaska Governor Issues Order on Climate Change Strategy – GlacierHub

Alaska Governor Bill Walker has issued an order on climate change strategy and appointed members of a climate action leadership team to design the strategy.

Alaska has warmed more than twice as fast as the rest of the United States. On average, during the past 60 years, Alaska has warmed about 3 degrees Fahrenheit overall and 6 degrees Fahrenheit during winter. Alaska Governor Bill Walker has issued an order on climate change strategy with the intention to create “a flexible and long-lasting framework for Alaskans to build a strategic response to climate change,” according to the Office of the Governor. As a key part of the Alaska Climate Change Strategy, Walker has appointed members of a climate action leadership team that will design the strategy and work to investigate ways to reduce the impacts of climate change.

The Alaska Climate Change Strategy is not the first climate-focused policy effort by the state. Nikoosh Carlo, the governor’s senior advisor for climate policy, told GlacierHub that “The Strategy and Leadership Team builds on previous initiatives from former governors and the legislature, as well as the wealth of Arctic research conducted through the University of Alaska.” One such effort, for example, was the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet created by former Governor Sarah Palin’s Administrative Order 238 in 2007. The Sub-Cabinet was composed of two advisory groups for adaptation and mitigation as well as two working groups for immediate action and research needs. Each group prepared extensive reports with climate policy recommendations in each of the four areas.

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One Alaska Update: Keeping up with Gov. Bill Walker

Fellow Alaskan –

We remember Martin Luther King Jr. as a symbolic leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, a pastor, an orator, Nobel Laureate, and a humanitarian who dedicated his life to ensure equality and justice for all. On this day, we reflect and honor his life and legacy and take the opportunity to recommit ourselves to the elimination of prejudice and intolerance.

We continue to move forward on the Alaska gasline/LNG Project. I was pleased to recently host a meeting and dinner here in Juneau with Bob Dudley, Chief Executive at BP, and his team, to discuss the Alaska LNG Project. Mr. Dudley also appeared to be pleased with the meeting as he explained in an interview after the Juneau meeting. We remain 100% committed to working with the producers to develop this Project: lowering energy costs for Alaskans, putting thousands of Alaskans to work and achieving energy dominance for our country.

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One Alaska Update: Keeping up with Gov. Bill Walker

Fellow Alaskan –

The Last Frontier celebrated its 59th ‘birthday’ last week! On January 3, 1959, President Eisenhower signed the proclamation that officially admitted the Last Frontier into the Union as the 49th state.

This week, The U.S. Department of Justice withdrew the Cole Memorandum a policy that respected states that opted to allow the commercial sale of marijuana, as Alaskans voted to do in 2014. I remain committed to upholding the will of Alaskans on this issue, and maintaining our State’s sovereign rights to manage our own affairs while protecting federal interests. I am disappointed in the announcement to withdraw the Cole Memorandum. I will continue to work with the Department of Justice and our Congressional Delegation to prevent federal overreach into Alaska.

On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, Governor Walker presented Loren Lounsbury with the Legion of Merit in the Governor’s Office in Anchorage, Alaska. Lounsbury received the Legion of Merit for his service with Alaska Military Force Advocacy and Structure Team (AMFAST).


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One Alaska Update: Keeping up with Gov. Bill Walker

Keeping up-to-date with Gov. Bill Walker December 18, 2017

Keeping up-to-date with Gov. Bill Walker

Fellow Alaskan –

This week Lt. Governor Mallott and I released our three-part budget plan that strengthens public safety, creates jobs for Alaskans, and restores accountability in the budget process.

Safer Alaska

We have cut spending in other areas to increase funding for public safety and created the Public Safety Action Plan, which calls for more resources to address the rise in crime and the opioid epidemic. The proposed $34 million increased investment includes hiring: a statewide drug prosecutor, a prosecutor in Bethel, a trooper investigator in Bethel, a prosecutor in Kotzebue, a statewide trooper investigator, two prosecutors in Anchorage as well as expansion of substance abuse treatment programs.

Stronger Alaska
The Alaska Economic Recovery Act takes control of our future by putting Alaskans back to work fixing and maintaining our existing infrastructure. A $1.4 billion economic investment, over the next three years, puts more than 1,000 Alaskans back to work. The 3-year, 1.5% payroll tax, with a cap, funds a deferred maintenance program. The payroll deduction tax will sunset 2021. Additionally, another part of the Alaska Economic Recovery Act proposes to pay off outstanding oil and gas exploration tax credits in fiscal year 2019 with bonds at no additional cost to the state.

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One Alaska Update: Keeping up with Gov. Bill Walker

2017 Howard Rock Alaska Native Leader Award

A hearty “congratulations!” to elder Poldine Carlo who received the 2017 Howard Rock Alaska Native Leader Award on Saturday. Originally from Nulato, Poldine was instrumental in the formation of the Fairbanks Native Association (FNA). She is an active in many organizations, including the Denakkanaaga Board of Directors, the University of Alaska Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, and the Alaska Native Education Advisory Board, She serves as an Elder mentor during the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. We are lucky to have her granddaughter, Dr. Nikoosh Carlo as our Sr. Advisor on Climate. Congratulations, Poldine on not only your decades of service, but also raising the next generation of Alaska leaders!

One Alaska Update: Keeping up with Gov. Bill Walker

One Alaska Update: Keeping up with Gov. Bill Walker

Fellow Alaskan –

This past week has been historic for our state. I was proud to be in China with President Trump as he and President Xi watched me sign a joint development agreement (JDA) for the Alaska LNG project. The JDA is the most significant step towards fully monetizing our natural gas resources, bringing the potential customer, lender, equity investor, and developer together with the goal of advancing this project to completion by 2024-2025. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation and the state are working harder than ever to bring this project to fruition for the benefit of all Alaskans.

 

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One Alaska Update: Keeping up with Gov. Bill Walker

Fellow Alaskan –

This morning, I ordered that Alaska flags join U.S. flags at half-staff as our nation mourns the loss of life in the tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas. This is a heartbreaking tragedy. Donna and my sincerest prayers and condolences are with the victims and their families during this difficult time.

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One Alaska Update: Keeping up with Gov. Bill Walker

One Alaska Update: Keeping up with Gov. Bill Walker

One Alaska Update: Keeping up with Gov. Bill Walker

Craig Medred: Pipe dream

Alaska natural gas once again looks stranded on the North Slope

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