House passes $1.4B capital budget

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 19:48

In a one-day special session Thursday, the Alaska Legislature passed a $1.4 billion capital construction budget, then adjourned without taking action on Alaska’s larger fiscal problems.

US Senate looks to renew ‘Frankenfish’ import ban

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 20:15

With support from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Congress is preparing to renew a ban on the importation of genetically engineered salmon.

Unpacking House Bill 111

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 22:38

Once Gov. Bill Walker signs House Bill 111 into law, cashable tax credits to oil and gas companies working in Alaska will be a thing of the past.

Oil tax credits re-emerge as issue for Alaska lawmakers

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 20:42

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska Senate Republicans put pressure on the House Thursday to end a program that financially rewards oil exploration and production, while a key House negotiator cited concerns with the Senate’s proposal and cautioned against a rushed approach.

Legislature averts shutdown, but more work remains

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 21:53
Multibillion-dollar deficit is still unresolved

The morning after the Alaska Legislature averted a statewide shutdown, you could find more tourists than legislators in the Capitol.

Alaska lawmakers reach deal to avert deficit, but final vote awaits

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:03

Alaska lawmakers have agreed upon a plan to avert a statewide government shutdown, but at press time Thursday, the Alaska Legislature’s various factions were struggling to find enough votes to approve the deal.

On the docks, no sympathy for deadlocked lawmakers

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 19:44

Boats don’t have wheels. This may go without saying, but as Juneau commercial fisherman Brian Delay joked Friday at Don D. Statter Harbor, it’s worth remembering.

State looks to trim Medicaid costs by $30M

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 19:44

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is trying to cut $30 million out of its Medicaid program budget this year.

House ends special session with failed ‘Hail Mary’ on budget

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 08:51
State remains on pace to shut down July 1

The state remains on pace to shut down July 1.

State shutdown would affect every man, woman and child in Alaska — including the dead

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 20:38
If lawmakers fail to pass a budget by July 1, forget about pull tabs, cigarettes, death certificates and ferry service

Forget about the ferries. Reschedule your wedding. Don’t think about pull tabs.