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Join CWN’s Fiscal Action Coalition Friday, May 26th, when we continue our series, Coffee with the Bradners, 7:30am-8:30am, at Morris Communications (301 Arctic Slope Ave.). Mike and Tim Bradner will join again us for an update on the latest news from the legislative session in Juneau. This in an excellent opportunity for you to get an in-depth look at the political scene in Juneau and keep a pulse on current issues and legislation that are being discussed on the floor. It’s also an opportunity for Mike and Tim to hear from CWN members what he should keep in mind when reporting from Juneau.

No registration necessary.

Note the meeting location!

Morris Communications 301 Arctic Slope Ave.

Near the Dimond Costco next to Red Robin restaurant.

(click here for Google Map)

Mike Bradner is a former Speaker of the House (1975-76) and 10-year member of the State House of Representatives (1966-1976) representing Fairbanks. Since 1976 Mike has published Legislative Digest and done consulting work. During his legislature tenure Mike was instrumental in development of state and local revenue-sharing, state petroleum tax and pipeline regulation policy developed in the 1970s, and the Alaska Permanent Fund, created in 1976 when Mike was Speaker of the House.

 

 

Tim Bradner is the editor of Alaska Inc. magazine and has been writing about Alaska natural resources projects since 1966. He was a lobbyist before the state Legislature for BP and Standard Oil of Ohio from 1972 to 1984, when he left to attend graduate school. Since returning to Alaska in 1986, Tim has worked with his brother Mike on Legislative Digest and its sister publication, Alaska Economic Report, as well as writing for other publications, such as the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

On Friday, June 2nd, noon-1pm, Admiral Tom Barrett, USCG (ret.), President of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company will provide a briefing to CWN’s Energy Action Coalition.  Tom will discuss the latest pipeline upgrades and projects and will discuss the challenges of operating the line in Alaska’s conditions and in a time of reduced oil production.

Lunch will be available for $20 to those who register in advance online.

Click here to order lunch online.

Note the location:

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

600 E 36th Ave

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Admiral Tom Barrett, USCG (ret.) became the President of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company on January 1, 2011.

Barrett previously served as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation and the first Administrator of the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), directing the agency’s national safety programs for hazardous materials and liquid, natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous liquid pipelines. Prior to that, he served 35 years in the United States Coast Guard and attained the position of Vice Commandant, the number two position in the Coast Guard. He commanded Coast Guard operations in Alaska and the North Pacific from 1999 to 2002, emphasizing safety and environmental protection. Other Alaska tours included Kodiak and Juneau. He and his wife have lived in Alaska for 19 years.

Barrett earned a B.S. in Biology from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y., and a Juris Doctor with honors from the George Washington University. He is a Vietnam veteran. His wife, Sheila, is a former kindergarten teacher who taught in Kodiak and Juneau, as well as other states. They have four children.

Launching Alaska’s Sesquicentennial Celebration Season:
150 years of Alaska under the American Flag

At the Home of Governor Bill Sheffield
3125 Susitna Court

June 8th, 5pm-8pm

Advanced registration required – Space is limited.

Click here to register

Commonwealth North is excited to celebrate the 150th year of Alaska under the American Flag.  Join us for an evening of celebration and history as we mark our sesquicentennial purchase of Alaska from Russia and the launch of our season-long community events with current and past Alaskan Governors.

In 1867, some Americans derided the Alaska purchase as “Seward’s Folly,” “Walrussia,” “a Polar Bear Garden,” “Seward’s Icebox,” and “a sucked orange,” suggesting Alaska’s resources and potential were small or already used up by the departing Russians. This year, Commonwealth North will celebrate 150 years of Alaska under the American flag with a series of events, publications, and a study group report showing not only that the purchase was “worth it” but also showing a vision of further contributions the people of this state can make to U.S. and global economics, security, knowledge and culture.

Register online today and plan to join us the evening of June 8th.

We will also be launching the production of two unique keepsakes to mark this important year.  They are an excellent addition to your collection of Alaskan history for display in your home or office.  These keepsakes will be available for purchase at the June 8th evening celebration and on our website at www.commonwealthnorth.org.
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Commemorative Medal in Bronze

The coin will emphasize Alaska’s 2017 motto of, “The Alaska Year of History and Heritage.” The design of the medal includes a side view of William H. Seward that was utilized for the 1968 Centennial Coin, to commemorate 150 years of Alaskan history under the U.S. flag.  The reverse side includes a kayaker from the Edward Curtis silver halide photograph circa 1929, Eskimos in Kayaks (Noatak, Alaska), from his collection in the Library of Congress that captured a photo history of Alaska Native and American Indian heritage. Pre-order on June 8th.

 

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1867 Map of Alaska

Commonwealth North produced a full-color 18×24 print of the first map of Alaska and Russia following the Treaty of Cession.  The print includes images of William H. Seward and Tsar Alexander II, and text illustrating the historical context of the event. This limited-edition print includes the signatures of all living Alaska governors: Keith Miller, Bill Sheffield, Steve Cowper, Tony Knowles, Frank Murkowski, Sarah Palin, Sean Parnell, and Bill Walker.

Pascal Umekwe ,Commercial Analyst with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources presented a 10-year production forecast for Alaska’s oil and gas.  Presentations like this one can help us get a better understanding of potential future revenues to the state as we continue to discuss solutions to the fiscal budget gap. Representative Jennifer Johnston also gave us a legislative update.

Pascal’s presentation is available online here.

   

On Friday, May 12th, Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner, Andy Mack, gave a North Slope oil & gas update to the Energy Action Coalition.  It was a packed house and we thank everyone for their questions and a great discussion!

Commissioner Mack’s presentation can be downloaded by clicking here.

Thank you to Alaska Communications for hosting this program series!

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

600 E 36th Ave between Old Seward and Denali St.

Google Map

On Friday, May 12th, the Fiscal Action Coalition hosted a briefing from Representative Paul Seaton.  Rep. Seaton gave us an update on the Legislative session in Juneau and discussed the House Majority’s plan to close the fiscal gap.

Documents for Friday’s meeting:

Rep. Seaton referenced the following reports during his presentation:

Thank you to Alaska Communications for hosting this program series!

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

600 E 36th Ave between Old Seward and Denali St.

Google Map

On Friday, May 5th Mike and Tim Bradner joined us for an update on the latest news from the legislative session in Juneau. To be added to the Fiscal Policy email distribution list and receive announcements for future meetings, please email events@commonwealthnorth.org.

 

Morris Communications 301 Arctic Slope Ave.

Near the Dimond Costco next to Red Robin restaurant.

(click here for Google Map).

Mike Bradner is a former Speaker of the House (1975-76) and 10-year member of the State House of Representatives (1966-1976) representing Fairbanks. Since 1976 Mike has published Legislative Digest and done consulting work. During his legislature tenure Mike was instrumental in development of state and local revenue-sharing, state petroleum tax and pipeline regulation policy developed in the 1970s, and the Alaska Permanent Fund, created in 1976 when Mike was Speaker of the House.

Tim Bradner is the editor of Alaska Inc. magazine and has been writing about Alaska natural resources projects since 1966. He was a lobbyist before the state Legislature for BP and Standard Oil of Ohio from 1972 to 1984, when he left to attend graduate school. Since returning to Alaska in 1986, Tim has worked with his brother Mike on Legislative Digest and its sister publication, Alaska Economic Report, as well as writing for other publications, such as the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

Fiscal Action Coalition w/ Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck, Department of Revenue and Alaska journalist, Tim Bradner.

Friday, April 21st

7:30am-8:30am

Commissioner Hoffbeck discussed the State’s fiscal challenges, budget reductions, and new revenue options.  Alaska Journalist, Tim Bradner, Editor of Alaska, Inc. magazine gave us the latest news from the legislative session in Juneau.

State Health Care Costs with Commissioner Sheldon Fisher

Friday, April 14th

7:30am-8:30am

ACS Business Technology Center on 36th Ave.

Department of Administration Commissioner, Sheldon Fisher, briefed the Fiscal Action Coalition about steps the State is taking to reduce the cost of health care. He also discussed a Health Care Authority Feasibility Study that is due to be presented to the Legislature later this year.

His PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded by clicking here

 

Legislative Update with Senator MacKinnon and Tim Bradner

Friday, April 7th

7:30am-8:30am

ACS Business Technology Center on 36th Ave.

Senator Anna MacKinnon, Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair, gave us a legislative update by phone from Juneau.  Also, Tim Bradner called in with an update on the latest news from the legislative session.

ACS Business Technology Center, 600 E 36th Ave., located between Old Seward and Denali on 36th.

(click here for Google Map).

 

Senator Anna MacKinnon is Co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, chairs the Departments of Law and Revenue Budget Subcommittees, and is a member of the Department of Administration, Governor, Legislature, and University Budget Subcommittees.

She is Vice-chair of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee and is a member of the Joint Armed Services Committee, Legislative Council, and Community & Regional Affairs Committee.

 

Tim Bradner is the editor of Alaska Inc. magazine and has been writing about Alaska natural resources projects since 1966. He was a lobbyist before the state Legislature for BP and Standard Oil of Ohio from 1972 to 1984, when he left to attend graduate school. Since returning to Alaska in 1986, Tim has worked with his brother Mike on Legislative Digest and its sister publication, Alaska Economic Report, as well as writing for other publications, such as the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

 

 

 



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