Reflections on the 23rd session

Posted: Sunday, June 01, 2003

Out of 40 state representatives and 20 senators, three lawmakers - Sen. Kim Elton, Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch and Rep. Beth Kerttula - make up Juneau's legislative delegation.

Elton, a Democrat, has served almost a decade in the Legislature, Kerttula, also a Democrat, was first elected in 1998 and Weyhrauch, a Republican, entered this year as a freshman, replacing Republican Rep. Bill Hudson.

Faced with a looming budget gap, lawmakers this year discussed a variety of tax proposals, but passed few of them.

Read the Q and A's:

Rep. Beth Kerttula

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

Sen. Kim Elton

Gov. Frank Murkowski responded by promising to veto at least $133 million from the budget passed by the Legislature. It still is unknown which programs will be cut, but possibilities include the Longevity Bonus Program, municipal revenue sharing and public works projects.

With just more than a week and a half since the end of the session, the Empire sat down with the Juneau delegation to discuss some of the high points of the session.

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