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Lawmakers Consider Repeal Of Some Credits And Subsidies

Every year, the state of Alaska forgoes roughly a billion dollars because of tax credits, subsidies, and fee exemptions. With the state facing a multi-billion dollar deficit, the Legislature is taking a closer look at these potential revenue sources.

February 10, 2015

In A Social Media Fracas, Walker Withdraws Appointee

A Walker spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday that Jeff Landfield’s nomination to the judicial conduct commission was withdrawn because of “disrespectful” and “misogynistic” images posted to his social media account.”

February 10, 2015

As Alaska Warms, Climate Change An Awkward Subject For Lawmakers

When it comes to climate change, Alaska is seen as a bellwether. Temperatures have risen nearly 4 degrees over the past 50 years, double the national average. But even though Alaska figures in discussion of climate change nationally, it’s rarely a major topic of conversation in Juneau.

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February 9, 2015

As Capital Budget Work Begins, A Call For Lower Expectations

The Legislature had already received more than $1 billion in capital requests from communities and organizations. Of those, only health and public safety projects will get priority consideration.

February 9, 2015
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker speaks to reporters during a press conference Jan. 27, 2015. He was discussing a draft plan released earlier in the day by the U.S. Department of Interior that would block oil development in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Governor’s New Budget Cuts 300 State Employees

The latest iteration of the governor’s budget cuts $136 million from the previous version.

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February 5, 2015

Before Releasing Budget Details, Walker Warns Of Layoffs

The new proposal is expected to include another $100 million in reductions to the operating budget, with cuts to 300 jobs.

February 4, 2015

As House Leadership Calls For End To Point Thomson Litigation, Attorneys Request Extension

Attorneys challenging the Point Thomson settlement have requested more time to prepare a new brief on the case. The potential delay has rankled legislative leaders, who think it’s inappropriate for Gov. Bill Walker to remain a plaintiff in an ongoing lawsuit against the state.

February 3, 2015

Walker Files $50 Million Budget Supplement

Gov. Bill Walker has filed his supplemental budget, which covers spending for this fiscal year that was not originally appropriated.

February 3, 2015

To Fund Lobbying Effort, Sex Worker Advocates Turns To Internet

Smart watches, movies, even potato salad — all these things have found success with crowdfunding. Now Terra Burns wants to see if Internet users will pay for her to travel to Juneau and advocate on behalf of sex workers.

February 2, 2015

Legislature Plans For Gasline Special Session

Senate Rules Chair Charlie Huggins, a Wasilla Republican, says the Legislature needs to take up tax legislation in order to keep up with scheduled development of a North Slope gasline.

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February 2, 2015

Lawmakers Skeptical Of State’s Plan To Buy Fairbanks Natural Gas Utility

Governor Bill Walker’s latest move to advance the state backed Interior Energy Project with the purchase of a private natural gas utility is expected to expand availability and lower the price of gas in Fairbanks.

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January 30, 2015
In Response To Obama Actions, Senator Goes Seuss

In Response To Obama Actions, Senator Goes Seuss

On Friday, Fairbanks Republican Click Bishop gave a Seussian speech on the federal government’s attitude toward Alaska, and read from a modified version of Green Eggs and Ham, titled “Click on Uncle Sam.”

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January 30, 2015

National Guard Problems Highlight Outdated Military Code

The way the military code is currently written, a member of the Alaska National Guard can be passed over for promotions or discharged from the service, but they can’t be court-martialed in the way Army troops or Air Force members can.

January 29, 2015

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