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2013 Legislative Priorities

Learn about the Northern Center's Legislative Priorities for the 2013 session.

2013 Legislative Priorities

January 15th, 2013 -
April 14th, 2013.

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The 2013 Legislative Session begins on January 15, 2013.

1) Energy Efficiency

We propose collaboration with regional utilities to develop energy efficiency programs that can be implemented to specifically fit the needs of various communities around the state. Examples include an appliance change-out program in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, which could become a pilot program for other regions and can also provide up-to-date information on savings to households with efficient appliances. Advancing energy efficiency programs through capital appropriations during the 2013 legislative session will increase the number of Alaskans to benefit from energy cost savings, keep resources in our communities and will provide needed support for regional utilities to look towards energy efficiency as our first opportunity for cost savings before turning to supply-side projects.

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2) Fix it First- Sensible Transportation 

Governor Parnell has expressed support for five large-scale transportation projects across Alaska that would threaten fisheries and wildlife across the state, use public money to benefit corporate special interests, and not provide value to Alaskans.  Transportation funding must be prioritized to maintain and improve existing infrastructure throughout the state – infrastructure that benefits our communities and families.

Roads and other basic infrastructure are critical to our daily lives.  We use roads to get to work, go to the grocery store, and visit family and friends across Alaska.  Ferries provide access to coastal communities.  Airports, small and large, are a critical part of daily life for many Alaskans.  We must maintain and improve existing infrastructure, particularly dangerous roadways,  and invest our limited transportation dollars in projects that benefit our communities.  The state should be expanding transit opportunities for projects that benefit people, rather than spending millions to subsidize corporate interests.  

The five large-scale transportation projects we are watching closely include:

- Road to Umiat

- Road to Nome

- Ambler mining district road

- Port MacKenzie rail extension

The full costs of these projects have often been underestimated, and the benefits to people overstated.  It isn’t clear how Alaskans benefit as a whole from each project, particularly when the state has a backlog of maintenance on existing bridges and highway resurfacing. Money slated for these huge projects should be redirected into current systems that have a track record of use and success, like the Alaska Marine Highway System and public transportation. 

The Northern Alaska Environmental Center will work to direct transportation funding to our communities.  Big corporations making record profits don’t need handouts from Alaska.

The Northern Alaska Environmental Center will be working to advocate for these statewide priorities throughout Interior and Arctic Alaska. 

For more information, contact:

Lissa HughesLegislative Liaison
(907)452-5021 ext. 22 or


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