Friday, January 11th 8am-9am Morris Communications 301 Arctic Slope Ave
Senator Natasha von Imhof will be presenting her analysis and thoughts on the upcoming legislative session, the budget, and the fiscal priorities that may guide our future conversations within the Fiscal Policy Study Group.
Each year in December, we invite the next year’s legislature to be our guests at this luncheon. Traditionally the Senate President and Speaker of the House keynote this event to present their legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Then, several rounds of table conversations, you will have the opportunity to discuss the critical issues facing our state with legislators. Each legislator is seated at a table with about nine participants. After 15-20 minutes of conversation, legislators change to an adjacent table for the next round of discussion and so on. It’s a great format, and we always get positive feedback from legislators and our members who find this exchange information and opinions to be a valuable experience.
This is not a campaign event or a cross-examination. It’s a chance for well-informed Alaskans to discuss vital policy issues with each other in advance of the 2019 legislative session.
We had an excellent turnout last year with a third of the legislature in attendance. This is a unique chance for you to have open and unscripted conversations with our members.
Register online or RSVP to (907) 566-2396.
Thank you to our program sponsors!
Contact the CWN office at (907) 258-9524 for details.
The Energy Action Coalition will meet Friday to discuss Alaska’s natural gas prospects and opportunities. We will outline a potential CWN study report on the various natural gas projects in Alaska and recommendations for the incoming administration.
Commonwealth North will host a program on food security in Alaska and what it means in terms of public policy. According to a report commissioned by DHSS, 95% of the $2 billion of food Alaskans purchase is imported. Moreover, our food is shipped through long supply chains. Essential items arrive by airplane, barge, and truck from Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Lower 48. Alaska’s vulnerable supply chain is sensitive to fuel prices and can be disrupted by natural disasters or severe weather. Food prices for Alaskans are affected by high transportation costs, especially in rural communities, and commercial farming in Alaska faces a number of unique challenges in order to be successful.
This program will examine what Alaska can do to enhance local food production and make it an economically sustainable industry and viable option for Alaskan consumers. Locally grown food production could also be an economic engine by creating new jobs and keeping more Alaskan dollars in the state.
Our guest speakers will include Ed Fogels, natural resource consultant and former Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources; and Johanna Herron, Market Access and Food Safety Manager, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture. Additional panelists to be announced.
Register online or RSVP to (907) 566-2396.
Table Sponsorships Available
(Contact CWN staff at (907) 258-9524 for details.)
Commonwealth North is proud to welcome U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski to give us an update on the latest news from Washington, D.C., and an analysis of the implications of the November elections for Alaska.
Senator Murkowski is the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the Chairman of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee. Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – the first Alaskan to serve on that panel – and also is a senior member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.
November 2nd Morris Communications 301 Arctic Slope Avenue 8am-9am
We will continue our discussion of the Permanent Fund and potential report recommendations. We will be joined by Craig Richards, Chairman of the Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees, and former Alaska Attorney General.
If you have not yet done so, I recommend reviewing the following links that have been the subject of our recent meetings.
Co-chair Eric Wohlforth and study group member Brian Hove previously circulated memos to the group exploring several discussion points regarding the Permanent Fund. We will discuss them in detail at tomorrow’s meeting. We will also discuss potential recommendations for a study group report and additional guest speakers the group may want to hear from.