Alaska Legislature defies governor’s call to weigh nominees

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:44

JUNEAU — Alaska Republican legislators on Thursday defied Gov. Bill Walker’s call to take confirmation votes on his appointments to boards, commissions and key administration posts, including attorney general.

Legislature to help families of slain police, firefighters

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 21:25

In 2011, Brandy Johnson spoke with her husband, Scott Johnson, about retiring.

House approves income tax

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 22:15

It was tax day.

In Alaska, anxiety grows as debate over health care rages

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 20:08

JUNEAU — Going without health insurance is a risk. Going without it in Alaska can be a gamble of a much higher order, for this is a place unlike anywhere else in the U.S., a land of pitiless cold, vast expanses and dangerous, back-breaking work such as pulling fishing nets from the water or hauling animal carcasses out of the woods.

Official: Call for fiscal plan stands amid new forecast

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 20:08

JUNEAU — A forecast calling for higher-than-expected revenue this year and next will help Alaska’s fiscal situation, but it doesn’t eliminate the need for a comprehensive plan to address Alaska’s multibillion-dollar deficit, the state revenue commissioner said Friday.

Alaska Senate, House at odds with session poised to run long

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 21:35

JUNEAU — Leaders of the Republican-led Alaska Senate said Thursday they aren’t interested in instituting an income tax or raising oil industry taxes as a way to address the state’s multibillion-dollar deficit.

Alaska House approves Permanent Fund plan — with strings attached

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 22:21
House version of SB 26 would cut deficit by $1.8 billion but reduce dividends to $1,250

The Permanent Fund Dividend would drop to $1,250 starting this year.

Agencies: Alaska laws may limit health care competition

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 21:12

JUNEAU — Two federal agencies have recommended that Alaska repeal laws that the agencies say may limit competition in the health care market.

Bill would expand prisoner employment opportunities

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 20:23

A bill making its way through the Alaska House of Representatives has the potential to revitalize work programs for the state’s incarcerated population and fill gaps in certain industries, according to its supporters.

Senate slashes millions from schools, university and health care

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 20:59

If the Alaska Senate gets its way, Alaskans can expect fewer teachers, less ferry service, fewer criminal prosecutors, fewer Alaska State Troopers and a much lower Permanent Fund Dividend in 2018.