We strive to finish the first half of 2019 strongly with continued improvements to APDC’s internal functions and branding. Efforts in progress are the creation of a new APDC logo and an update to our by-laws. Completion of these will allow APDC to focus its full energy into improving communications with our member organizations and strategizing outreach to building industry groups that we share common interests with such as Alaska General Contractors (AGC). The refresh of our brand and alignment of our mission within the by-laws will also allow us to focus on increasing our reputation as a resource to Alaskan communities regarding selection of professional services.
Our legislative committee remains engaged in issues relevant to our member organizations, including project review by the State Fire Marshal and deferred maintenance of state infrastructure. Of course, the status of the state budget is of great relevance and interest to us all. May 15th was the last day of a 121-day regular legislative session. The Governor immediately called the legislature into special session to address the operating and capital budgets, crime legislation, and the mental health trust budget. The special session may last up to 30 days.
Currently, the House and Senate budgets are in the process of being reconciled with one another with differences open for debate. After changes are accepted, the resulting budget will be forwarded to the Governor for consideration. The biggest remaining differences between the Senate and House budgets relate to the Permanent Fund and 2019’s dividend.
The APDC Board of Directors will not meet in July or August. However, it will maintain communications during the summer regarding ongoing issues important to our members to finish the year successfully and prepare for the 2020 legislative fly-in.