Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO - Juneau


Alaska Legislature fails to override vetoes of school bond reimbursement, ferries

The vote was 37 in favor of the override, and 20 against it. That fell short of the 45 votes needed for an override.

Alaska lawmakers receive sobering view of state budget challenges

The House Finance Committee began its legislative session by hearing from the state’s nonpartisan budget experts.

LISTEN: Alaska Gov. Dunleavy remains skeptical of cutting PFD, and says he’s still pursuing campaign agenda

Dunleavy said Tuesday that the campaign to recall him hasn’t changed how he does his job. But he said he has given the issue some thought. Listen to Dunleavy's full 17-minute interview with Juneau correspondent Andrew Kitchenman here.

Bipartisan bill aims to improve Alaska students’ reading skills

Alaska lawmakers announced a bipartisan bill on Wednesday that’s intended to improve students’ reading skills.

Tribal education compacts, easier veto overrides and faster rape kit results in the mix of new bills this session

Tribal education compacts, easier veto overrides and faster rape kit results in the mix of new bills this session

Public Defender Agency caseload may be compromising ability to meet ethical and constitutional obligations, report finds

The state’s Public Defender Agency has issued its response to a critical state report, saying that Alaska shouldn’t join other states in failing to represent low-income defendants.

Sponsor says Alaska elections initiative has enough signatures to be placed on ballot

Several ballot initiatives and village public safety are among the issues likely to draw attention ahead of the upcoming legislative session.

Council adopts stipends to help legislative aides pay for sessions in Juneau

Senate President Cathy Giessel, an Anchorage Republican, said the new stipend would make it easier to hire and keep qualified staff members.

Budget scenarios include ‘balanced approach’ that draws interest

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has introduced a budget that would draw down most of what remains in the state's Constitutional Budget Reserve. But deep inside another report is a possible framework for balancing the budget in the long run.

Planned Parenthood sues Alaska over law requiring abortion providers to be doctors

The lawsuit challenges an Alaska law that prohibits nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives from providing abortions.

Experts describe potential benefits from state-tribal education compacts

While Gov. Mike Dunleavy has said he wants to have public education compacts with tribes, his administration has yet to spell out the details.

Judge rules that forward funding of schools is constitutional

The Dunleavy administration argued that the funding violated the state constitution’s prohibition on dedicated funds, as well as the constitution’s provision for an annual state budget. The judge rejected both of these arguments.

Dunleavy’s new budget may again seek deep cuts, bigger PFDs

Gov. Mike Dunleavy may again seek deep cuts in state spending, along with higher permanent fund dividends, when he introduces his second budget this week.

Alaska state government forecasts lower revenue for this year and next

The Alaska Department of Revenue forecasts $187.3 million less in state revenue this year than it did in the spring.

PFDs, state funding at risk if Alaska Permanent Fund earnings reserve falls to zero, board hears

At some point in the next decade, the Alaska Permanent Fund may not have enough cash to pay out permanent fund dividends and to pay for state government.

Anchorage Republican Gillis sworn in as newest Alaska House member

Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Anchorage Republican Mel Gillis after Josh Revak moved up from the House to fill the Senate vacancy caused by the death of Sen. Chris Birch.

State settles lawsuit over Alaska Hire law

Photo by The administration of Gov. Mike Dunleavy has settled a lawsuit seeking to have the Alaska Hire law declared unconstitutional. The company Colaska Inc. sued the...

Sponsors of complex ‘Alaska’s Better Elections Initiative’ say its benefits are clear

Advocates for the proposed ballot initiative say it would promote more open politics in the state — but state Republican leaders say it’s unconstitutional.

‘A hidden giant’: Alaska Legislature’s nonpartisan voice on the state budget is retiring

As the Alaska Legislature’s chief budget analyst, Teal has been the go-to source for nonpartisan information on state spending and revenues. That will end next month when Teal retires. And budget experts say Teal’s work will be missed.

Dunleavy revenue commissioner resigns as state budget proposal deadline approaches

Bruce Tangeman has resigned as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, the Office of the Governor announced Nov. 15.