In Washington, the government shutdown continues with no resolution in sight. Alaska Congressman Don Young says the latest House proposal is going nowhere. It would have funded the government and raised the debt ceiling but included changes to Obamacare. Download Audio
Candidates for Anchorage Assembly Seat 2C – Sharon Gibbons and Bill Starr – discuss local issues with host Michael Carey.
The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will receive a $53 million settlement from Indian Health Service for about fifteen years of unpaid contract costs. Now SEARHC president and CEO Charles Clement hopes the federal agency will continue to pay its bills. Download Audio
After a week of collecting and reviewing absentee and questioned ballots, the Division of Elections will start counting votes on Tuesday.
About 60 community members gathered outside of the Legislative Information Office in Anchorage Wednesday evening to protest proposed cuts to education funding. Download audio
What the Legislature does in response to the state government’s $4 billion deficit could have big effects on Alaska’s economy, according to a leading economist. Download Audio
Governor Bill Walker won’t challenge a decision to reverse his veto of education spending. In late June, Walker vetoed $6.35 million previously allocated to a formula that funds schools based on their enrollment numbers.
Alaska House members are demanding Rep. David Eastman apologize for saying some women are glad to become pregnant so they can receive Medicaid-funded travel to have abortions. So far, he’s declined. Listen now
“They’re calling it GTA, grand theft Anchorage, right now,” Rep. Lora Reinbold said. She wants to repeal Senate Bill 91. “It’s outrageous, what’s going on in the city that I love.” Listen now
Naturopathic doctors argue they should be able to prescribe some medications and perform minor surgical procedures. There’s been pushback from professional medical associations over the proposal.
Lindemuth joins 37 other attorneys general asking senators for higher fines and continued funding connected to the opioid crisis. Listen now
Independent candidate Alyse Galvin soundly defeated Dimitri Shein in the Democratic primary for the U.S. House seat held by Congressman Don Young. Listen now
Now, the real work to address climate change can start. But it’s hard to know what that might look like under new leadership. Listen now
State Rep. Gary Knopp said a bipartisan coalition would act as a counterweight to Gov. Mike Dunleavy, while an all-Republican caucus wouldn’t.
Auditors found that, generally, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has followed the restrictions placed on spending the $480 million it has gotten from the state over the last eight years.
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.”
Under the proposal, every bill would be considered by all members of the House, on the floor.
Fairbanks now has a law that prohibits discrimination in businesses, rentals and employment. The City Council passed a non-discrimination ordinance Monday after two hours of public hearing and weeks of work sessions.