Action Line: Juneau Senator Dennis Egan discusses legislative inaction during special session, Juneau Access

    Egan was a guest on Tuesday's edition of the program, where he admitted to being in rare agreement with a fellow senator before speaking on the potential future of a road in and out of Alaska's capital city.

    Juneau Senator Dennis Egan talked about the legislative inaction on the Governor's call for a fiscal plan during the most recent special session while a guest on Action Line Tuesday.

    "I don't agree with Kenai Peninsula Senatur Peter Micciche very often, but I agreed with him when he said that they could have finished this at 90 days. I was not on Finance or Resources, and what the rest of us did was sat around and waited. We did some, what I would call minor legislation, as it appears to budget and resource issues. I think we could have finished it in 90 days; it upsets me. But, one of the good things that happened is we kept the special session here in Juneau."

    Senator Egan agreed when asked if election year politics prevented lawmakers from embracing a fiscal plan.

    "Nobody wanted to tackle new revenue sources or talk about capping the PFD. If we don't do something, in the best case scenario, it'll be gone entirely in four years. Some people don't want to believe it. You have to remember that 40 House members are running for re-election, and a lot of those are fairly conservative. If we don't do it next year, we're toast; we have to something in the next legislative session."

    Ten of the 20 senators are facing re-election this year.

    Egan was also asked about what's become of the revised Juneau Access Environmental Impact Statement while a guest on the program.

    He talked about a meeting he and Representative Cathy Munoz had with Governor Walker on that subject two weeks ago.

    "He says that the administration is going to be releasing their decision on whether to accept or reject the final EIS, and whether or not to go forward on Juneau Access. I've always been a supporter of Juneau Access, but I just know a lot of folks don't want any road out of Juneau. I think access into Juneau is very important to us as Alaska's capital; the better the access, it benefits us. It benefits us in getting out of here, too. There is federal money already available, along with state money that was earmarked years ago. It would take very little more to make the thing come to fruition and at least construct the bridge to Katzehin. My gut feeling right now is that the administration may approve it, and it may go forward."

    The state was directed by a court order to do the EIS again to more fully consider a marine highway option.

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