Kodiak's Senator Gary Stevens and
Representative Alan Austerman are home for the holidays, but soon they'll head
to Juneau for
the start of a new legislative session.
KMXT's Diana Gish has more:
Kodiak's two state lawmakers head back to the Capitol next month, the
governor's budget will be forefront on their minds. Senator Gary Stevens says
he's ready to tackle the challenge.
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Representative Alan Austerman
serves on the finance committee
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the budget is another issue that's front and center for the representative: how
to grow Alaska's
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who is the senate president, says that, for now, Alaska's finances are in good shape.
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speaks with his constituents, Stevens says there's one topic that he hears
about more than others.
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think the big concern ... the gold mine.")
He says he hears from people on
both sides of the issue who feel very strongly about the mine. The Republican senator went on to say
that state lawmakers have a long way to go before a decision is made about the
When it comes to decisions on less
divisive topics, Stevens puts his faith in the senate's bi-partisan
organization. He said the group is working towards finding answers to issues in
"that vast middle area."
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think you'll ...majority decision.")