Edgmon: State’s fiscal crisis in priority

The state’s fiscal crisis will be the number one priority of the new majority caucus when the Alaska Legislature convenes in January, says Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D- Dillingham and the new House Speaker.

In his pre-Thanksgiving newsletter to constituents, Edgmon said the cause is already hard at work preparing for the transition in January. “We are bringing a renewed sense of determination along with a sincere commitment to work cooperatively with all members of the House and Senate, as well as with Governor Walker’s administration,” Edgmon said.

“There will be a great many challenges during the upcoming session, but I am optimistic that in pulling together we will find the right solutions to protect vital state services and programs while also bringing stability, strength, and, ultimately, prosperity to Alaska’s economy long into the future,” he said.

Edgmon also noted that incoming House Rules Chair Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, has announced that the House is seeking pages to work in Juneau throughout the 90-day legislative session, which begins in mid-January.

The starting salary for pages is $3,343 per month.  All monthly employees receive full medical, retirement, and leave benefits. Salaried employees do not receive compensatory time or overtime and are on-call seven days a week.  Pages are also responsible for finding their own housing in Juneau.

Page duties include acting as door keepers of the chamber, remaining on-call in the chamber during session, and relaying messages, letters and documents both to and from legislators and to and from legislative offices and agencies.


On a daily basis, they maintain the bills, journals and other documents used in chambers, and also drive legislative vans as requested. A driver’s license is required.

Applicants can mail or email their resume and a copy of their Department of Motor Vehicles driving record to LeDoux’s office by Dec. 16.

For additional information contact DeLoux’s office at 907-269-0216.