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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

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State Makes Offer On Interior Utility

The State of Alaska plans to purchase Fairbanks Natural Gas, a utility that serves the Interior, for $52.5 million.

January 28, 2015

With Greater Numbers, Democrats Hope For More Leverage Over Medicaid Expansion

With the last election, the House Minority caucus grew from ten to 13, making support from at least some of their members necessary if the Legislature wants to tap the state’s budget reserves.

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January 27, 2015

Invoices, Invitations, Litigation, and Even Secession: Walker Says All Responses Possible To Arctic Drilling Decision

The decision to block drilling in a good chunk of the Arctic angered Gov. Bill Walker so much that he did not even rule out secession when asked about it at a press conference.

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January 27, 2015

With New Regents, Walker Alters Geographic Makeup of University Board

With four members, Fairbanks now has the most representation on the 11-person board. A spokesperson for the governor says the governor desired “more regional representation.”

January 26, 2015

Fish Commissioner Names New Habitat Director

Biologist Tony DeGange takes over the position at a time when the division is reconsidering its habitat management process.

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January 23, 2015
(Skip Gray/KTOO Public Media)

Walker Outlines Plans For Budget Cuts

With Alaska facing a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall, Gov. Bill Walker is proposing 5 percent cuts to agency funding.

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January 22, 2015
Walker Names National Guard Special Investigator

Walker Names National Guard Special Investigator

Gov. Bill Walker has named a retired judge as his federal investigator into the Alaska National Guard. Patricia Collins, a former Superior Court judge for Juneau, will conduct the investigation into the Alaska National Guard.

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January 22, 2015

Faced With Marijuana Money Puzzle, Legislators Curious About A State-Run Bank

When Alaskans voted for an initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana, they approved a system where the drug can be bought and sold by retailers operating in the open. But with federal regulations prohibiting bank deposits of drug money, the marijuana sellers can end up holding large amounts of cash.

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January 22, 2015
(Skip Gray/360North)

Walker Sketches Agenda In State Of State Address

In his first State of the State address to the Legislature, Gov. Bill Walker spoke broadly of the need to address the state’s financial shortfall and the importance of building a natural gas pipeline. But while its spirit was praised, legislative leaders found it short on detail.

January 21, 2015

Legislators Anticipate State Of State Address

Rep. Mike Hawker, an Anchorage Republican, took to the House floor Wednesday morning to encourage Gov. Bill Walker to describe his plan for the development of a natural gas megaproject, that would be used to get reserves on the North Slope to market.

January 21, 2015

Walker Adds More Commissioners To Cabinet

Gov. Bill Walker has decided to keep on two acting commissioners, and appoint one new one.

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January 20, 2015

Senate Finance Considering Bringing On Former Commissioners As Consultants

The Senate Finance Committee is considering hiring two former state commissioners to help lawmakers review state spending and address massive budget deficits.

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January 20, 2015

With Focus On Budget, Social Issues May Be Left Behind

With the budget taking top billing this session, lawmakers expect bills on social issues, like abortion, to get less attention than last cycle.

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January 18, 2015

Legislators Prefile 23 More Bills

Lawmakers submitted 23 early bills today, after having prefiled more than 60 pieces of legislation last week.

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January 16, 2015

As Work Continues On Spending Plan, Walker To Revive State Of The Budget Address

It’s been almost a decade since a governor has delivered a State of the Budget address. With Alaska now in deficit-spending mode, Gov. Bill Walker plans to bring the speech back.

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January 15, 2015

Governor Names New Deputy Labor Commissioners

Gov. Bill Walker has named two new deputy commissioners at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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January 15, 2015
(Alexandra Gutierrez/APRN)

Habitat Director Out, As Walker Administration Shifts Approach To Permitting

Habitat Division head Randy Bates is the second Fish and Game director to be removed since Walker took office. His resignation is one of a number of personnel changes that signal a shift from the Parnell administration’s approach to land management.

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January 12, 2015

In First Batch Of Early Bills, No Big Ticket Items

In a little over a week, the 29th Legislature will gavel in. In preparation, lawmakers have released the first batch of bills they plan to consider.

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January 9, 2015

Walker: With State In Red, Tax Credit Payouts “Unsustainable”

Once companies apply a combination of credits meant to promote development on the North Slope, stimulate production in Cook Inlet, and encourage competition from new players in Alaska’s oil fields are applied, the state expects to pay out $100 million under the production tax formula this fiscal year.

January 8, 2015

As Walker Forges Own Way On Gasline, Republicans Wary

It was a not-quite-midnight purge. At 9pm on Tuesday, Gov. Bill Walker announced via press release that half the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation board of directors was being dismissed. And in the process, he put the oil and gas industry on notice that he would be doing things differently from his predecessor.

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January 7, 2015