Legislature approves flat schools budget, but no increases may force cuts

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:42
Juneau schools superintendent says bill a ‘good first step,’ but without funding increases to account for inflation, ‘this is going to get really ugly, really quickly’

The Alaska Legislature on Wednesday approved a $1.2 billion budget for public schools in the next fiscal year.

Safety, PFD high on Republican governor candidates’ talking points

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:14

Crime, the Permanent Fund Dividend and state budget solutions are three of the top line items in the contested Republican primary race for the governor’s office.

Senators look back on productive year

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:57

Alaska’s two senators and lone congressman have been busy in the past year.

House struggles could risk Permanent Fund Corp. in long term

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 21:50
As session nears end, no deal yet to protect state investments

As the Alaska Legislature careens toward the end of its 2018 regular session, the head of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation is urging lawmakers to put brakes on their ability to spend from the fund.

Alaska Senate approves $1,600 PFD

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 21:56
Agreement with House tally means payout will not figure in end-of-session negotiations

The Alaska Senate has voted to keep this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend at $1,600.

After Anchorage success, state considers whether Alaska is ready for elections by mail

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 21:14
Advisory committee will make recommendations this summer

By the numbers alone, Anchorage’s first election held by mail has been a smashing success.

Pebble lays out smaller mine plan

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 21:50

The Pebble Limited Partnership is changing its plans and its tone as it continues its permitting process.

Alaska Supreme Court allows independents into Dems’ primary

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 21:52
Democrats have been seeking the ability to welcome independents for more than a year

Alaska Supreme Court rules that independents may challenge Democrats in the Democratic Party’s primary elections.

Wells Fargo forces cannabis lab closure

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 19:39
Steep Hill is one of first two laboratories in the state

One of Alaska’s three marijuana testing labs has been shut down by Wells Fargo bank, leaving the state’s growers with only two options for state-mandated testing.

Ruffner files to run against Seaton for House seat

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 19:25

A Board of Fisheries member is planning to challenge Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer) for his seat in the Alaska Legislature.