Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO - Juneau


Alaska chief justice calls for computer security upgrade

In his State of the Judiciary address, Chief Justice Joel Bolger said an incident in Nome shows the state needs to do more to prevent privacy breaches.

House committees organize, five weeks after session began

The powerful House Finance Committee will have eight Republicans — including four from each caucus — two Democrats and one independent.

Senators question Dunleavy’s budget proposal

Anchorage Republican Sen. Natasha von Imhof said that to maintain Dunleavy’s commitment to full permanent fund dividends — without having an income tax — would require cuts on the scale he’s proposed.

Multi-partisan House majority takes shape

The newly-formed House majority is working out who will fill its committee seats. Meanwhile, the majority coalition is still trying to add more Republican members who are currently in the minority.

Dunleavy offers Alaska National Guard support to Trump’s emergency declaration

Gov. Michael Dunleavy issued a short video statement Friday offering the state’s support to President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency.

After a month of deadlock, Bryce Edgmon selected as state House speaker

The Alaska House has a new speaker and can officially begin its work.

House Republican group pitches plan for House

Under the proposal, every bill would be considered by all members of the House, on the floor.

House deadlock persists after Knopp votes for himself for speaker

Rep. Gary Knopp said on the House floor that he committed to being the 21st vote for a Republican nominee, but he didn’t say which one. He then voted for himself to become speaker.

Update: Knopp votes against Republican Talerico for speaker as House stalemate continues

After holding out for a bipartisan majority for nearly a month, Kenai Republican Rep. Gary Knopp says he’s “not at all optimistic, but we’ve got to move forward at this point.”

Dunleavy outlines approach ahead of big budget rollout

Gov. Michael Dunleavy has not proposed a public vote on spending cuts, and he says there isn’t time to do that with this budget.

Education commissioner says it’s time to review school funding formula

State Education Commissioner Michael Johnson also told lawmakers Wednesday that he didn’t consult with school districts before the Dunleavy administration proposed a $20 million cut to education funding.

House members talk about sharing power as speaker nomination fails

While no action occurred in the House, the Senate Finance subcommittees began meeting in preparation for the budget.

Dunleavy proposes constitutional amendments to enshrine PFDs, require public support for taxes, cap spending

The proposed amendments may face a difficult reception in the Alaska Legislature. One Republican senator described Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposals as “a horrible idea.”

Schools push back on proposed midyear budget cut

While school districts may have already spent money they counted on the state sending them later, the state’s new budget director says they shouldn’t have.

Updated budget requests would fund earthquake relief, cut school funds

One request includes cutting $20 million for public schools that lawmakers agreed to as part of the budget deal last spring.

Budget cuts loom as governor, lawmakers eye full PFDs

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has said Alaskans should receive permanent fund dividends of roughly $3,000 this year. But it won’t be easy for state lawmakers to agree on the dividend’s size.

49 Voices: Linda Sampson of Noorvik

This week we're hearing from Linda Sampson in Noorvik. Sampson is an instructional aide at the village school.

Dunleavy rolls out package in first step of ‘war on criminals’

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is proposing bills that would repeal most of what’s left of the criminal justice overhaul enacted three years ago.

Dunleavy targets crime in first State of the State address

Gov. Mike Dunleavy promised to reduce crime and protect permanent fund dividends in his first State of the State address on Tuesday.

Republican Talerico falls one vote short of becoming House speaker

The vote was the latest action in a stalemate that’s preventing Alaska’s House of Representatives from beginning work this session.