Alaska Politics

Political news coverage from the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Once vetoed by Dunleavy, funding for Alaska’s arts council is back in the budget

Among the funding the Alaska Legislature restored that Gov. Mike Dunleavy let stand was $3,869,600 for the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Budget cuts rely on Medicaid savings that will be difficult to achieve

Once a state makes someone eligible for Medicaid, they’re entitled to receive health care — and their provider is entitled to be paid.

Alaska rolls back air ambulance ‘membership plan’ regulations

Alaska is taking a step back from regulating the membership plans marketed by air ambulance providers. State regulators say it’ll cut unnecessary red tape. But consumer advocates aren’t thrilled.

Will EPA veto Pebble? Boss of agency says it’s not his call

During a recent trip to Alaska, the head of the EPA spoke on several topics, but he said nothing about the hottest topic involving the EPA and Alaska: the proposed Pebble Mine.

Veto to debt reimbursement could raise your tax bill

Halving the amount of money for school bond debt reimbursements could mean local governments look to property taxes to close gaps.

Pentagon scraps Fort Greely missile plan

The Pentagon is canceling a project to improve its ground-based missile interceptors, most of which are housed at Fort Greely in the Interior of Alaska.

Kawerak hosts Indian Affairs officials in Nome for roundtable on public safety

The primary agenda included discussion on violent crime, missing and murdered Native Americans, and narcotics.

Alaskan Joe Balash resigns as assistant secretary of Interior

Joe Balash is one of the highest placed Alaskans in the Trump administration.

Dunleavy vetoes ferry funding added by the Legislature in the wake of cuts

Supplemental funding added by the Legislature to bolster ferry service was eliminated by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Communities on Prince William Sound face a seven-month service gap under a draft winter schedule.
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Initiative would increase state oil taxes, eliminate tax credits

Oil industry representatives say the initiative would hurt the industry.

Governor signs $1,600 PFD, says third special session would focus on full dividend

For the second time, Dunleavy vetoed funding to reimburse municipalities for school construction debt and to pay for Medicaid.

Gov. Dunleavy postpones budget signing, signals support for two more vetoed programs

Gov. Dunleavy has reversed himself and declared support for subsidized broadband internet for rural libraries and a free service allowing online tutors for students. The governor had previously vetoed the $809,200 in funding.

Group seeking Dunleavy recall isn’t stopping at minimum as it continues to gather signatures

A Recall Dunleavy organizer says the campaign isn’t slowing down after the veto reversals.

Tali Birch Kindred, daughter of deceased state Sen. Birch, takes step toward trying to fill his seat

The daughter of recently-deceased state senator Chris Birch, Tali Birch Kindred, is seeking to replace him, according to documents she filed with state regulators Friday.

Homeless shelters and services to see reduced funding

With a state capital budget passed, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation said it will dole out checks to charities that have been trying to keep Alaskans off the streets. But those checks will only go so far.

Dunleavy points to university budget cut agreement as a model

Nonprofit leaders have said they’re open to working with the governor. But it’s unclear how the approach will work in practice.

Murkowski now supports a ‘complete exemption’ for Tongass from Roadless Rule

A decision by the Trump administration over exempting the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Rule is expected soon. That’s according to Sen. Lisa Murkowski who in an interview with CoastAlaska has hardened her stance on the hot-button issue.

Governor axes state funding for Cold Climate Housing Research Center

It's unclear how the center can continue to operate without state funds, but its staff of 18 continue to look for ways to do their work.

State funding for early education restored, but services this year could still be affected

“Plans have been put in place that it’s hard to walk back from, because this was such a disruption,” said Tlingit and Haida Head Start director Amber Frommherz.

Dunleavy cites public response in veto reversals

Gov. Mike Dunleavy hasn’t wavered from many of his positions since taking office. But that changed this week.