I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bill Hudson for all his service to this state and to our country. Bill's work on the long-range fiscal plan the past two years was one of his crowning achievements. He was able to start the discussion that his caucus didn't want to start and as a statesman brought all the possible revenue plans to the table for discussion even if he didn't support them all. That plan had to be an Alaska plan that fit our state's unique situation. He took the issue through an open process and listened to different ideas from anyone who took the time to express them.
To cap it off, Bill was able to move these ideas forward through the Finance Committee and on to the House floor to have a vote, up or down, on the different options and send them to the Senate. This is the leadership and process we expect from our elected officials and Bill Hudson did our community proud and we all owe him our gratitude.
I was introduced into the area of politics recently in Rep. Hudson's retirement article. It appeared as if I was being less than appreciative of these accomplishments. What was written was taken out of context. Bill has been a good friend of my family and I consider him a friend of mine. I commend Bill's service to the state.
I just wanted to set the record straight publicly, express my appreciation to Bill and his family for his distinguished service and to wish them the best of luck in the future.