Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO - Juneau
The Alaska Legislature passed a budget over the weekend with roughly $5.4 billion in state spending. It includes funding for $1,000 permanent fund dividends, but no stimulus payments.
The justices expressed some skepticism toward the arguments made by both sides.
Both chambers passed a bill, House Bill 308, that would ease access to unemployment insurance benefits for those affected by the pandemic. The measure would eliminate the one-week waiting period for benefits. And it would raise the benefit per dependent, from $25 to $75 per week.
As the Alaska Legislature weighs passing the budget and coronavirus relief in the coming days, lawmakers are considering how to pay for them.
Gov. Dunleavy’s COVID-19 economic plan includes dividend payments in April, plus $1 billion in statewide relief
Dunleavy called for $1,300 dollar Permanent Fund dividend payments in April, as well as for a one billion dollar fund, to stabilize the state’s economy.
The union says state workers are dealing with the public in ways that run counter to recommendations from President Donald Trump and state Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink.
Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, wraps up debate on House Bill 126 relating to a code of military justice, Feb. 3, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North) Anchorage Republican...
Kelly represents the Fairbanks Economic Development Corp. And he’ll also be doing work for clients of the Mulder Co., run by lobbyist Eldon Mulder.
On the same day that Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed an emergency disaster declaration in order to free up resources to help the state prepare for coronavirus, the Alaska Legislature voted on Wednesday to approve $4.1 million in state funding to respond to coronavirus.
In June, Dunleavy vetoed half of the money the Legislature budgeted for rural schools. The Coalition for Education Equity of Alaska asked the governor to reverse the veto last July.
The Legislative Council formed an emergency response preparedness subcommittee Tuesday that would develop a plan for an early adjournment of the session.
The state has instituted a freeze on hiring new state workers, and has suspended all out-of-state travel for state workers.
Governor Mike Dunleavy has suspended three public town hall meetings he was planning to hold this week.
Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman has been removed from his committee positions, and his status in the House minority caucus is uncertain
The state has tested 4 people for coronavirus, 2 tests are pending, testing approach is “phased,” medical officer says
The state has so far tested four people for COVID-19. None tested positive. Testing for two others is in progress.
This is the earliest the House has passed a budget since at least 1993. The bill doesn’t include money for Permanent Fund dividends. House leaders say PFDs will be addressed in a later bill.
Leaders of the Alaska House majority have introduced a bill that would set permanent fund dividends at roughly $900. That’s a little more than half of the $1,600 dividends paid out the last two years and significantly less than the roughly $3,000 Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants under the formula set in state law.
Alaska has begun testing for coronavirus within the state. And there have been no reported cases so far.
Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. trustees and executives discuss the future of the fund’s earnings reserve account at a board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the corporation’s headquarters in Juneau. Seated,...