Protecting the subsidy that helps lower the cost of power in the bush is Sen. Lyman Hoffman of Bethel’s number one priority again this legislative session.
Last year, the governor’s budget would have transferred, or "swept," the Power Cost Equalization funds into other projects. But Hoffman fought hard to protect it, and succeeded. Now he wants to get legislation in place to protect the program in the future.
Sen. Lyman Hoffman is now one of the more powerful people in the Senate. He became the Senate Majority Leader last summer when former Senate Majority Leader Mia Costello, a Republican, decided to break with the caucus and meet with lawmakers in Wasilla. Hoffman also maintains his seat on the Senate Finance Committee. That means that as lawmakers grapple with a major shortfall in the state budget, Hoffman will be in the middle of all of it.
“Yes,” Hoffman said. “That’s exactly the way I like it.”
As the year 2018 ends and 2019 begins, KYUK's Johanna Eurich took a moment with Sen. Lyman Hoffman to look ahead at the challenges the region will be facing.
Sen. Lyman Hoffman: "It’s always good to be speaking to the people of the Y-K Delta."
Johanna Eurich: "It is before the new year, and the time we focus ahead. What’s up? We’ve got a lot of changes in the political landscape in the last year, and you’re the guy who rides it for us in the Senate."