House creates committee to tackle fiscal issues

Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- A special House Ways and Means Committee will take on legislation to address the state's chronic budget shortfalls, House leaders said Wednesday.

House Speaker Pete Kott, R-Eagle River, said he hopes the nine-member committee will raise the debate about viable options meant to bridge the state's fiscal gap.

The committee will analyze savings, spending and revenue raising measures to control the state budget, House leaders said.

Reps Jim Whitaker, R-Fairbanks, and Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage will co-chair the committee.

Other Republicans include Reps Norman Rokeberg, R-Anchorage; Cheryll Heinze, R-Anchorage; Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla; Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau; and Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell.

Democrat Reps. Carl Moses, of Unalaska, and Max Gruenberg, of Anchorage, also will serve on the committee.

The committee will meet for the first time next Tuesday at 7 a.m.

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