Permanent Fund plan provides no dividend guarantees

Permanent Fund plan provides no dividend guarantees

Lawmakers have approved a $1,600 dividend this fall, but there's no guarantee you will get a PFD that size next year.

Liz Raines
Juneau attorney calls Walker oil tax bond plan unconstitutional

Juneau attorney calls Walker oil tax bond plan unconstitutional

A Juneau attorney is calling Gov. Bill Walker’s oil tax bond bill unconstitutional in a superior court lawsuit filed late Monday.

Steve Quinn
Alaska House speaker boots Kito as Legislative Council chair

Alaska House speaker boots Kito as Legislative Council chair

An Alaska lawmaker who broke with his caucus over the handling of smoking legislation has been removed as chair of the Legislative Council.

Associated Press
Grenn’s ethics bill setting new standards for next year

Grenn’s ethics bill setting new standards for next year

When lawmakers return to Juneau next January, they’ll face a new set of accountability standards.

Steve Quinn
Alaska sued over Walker's bonding proposal

Alaska sued over Walker's bonding proposal

The state of Alaska is being sued over Gov. Bill Walker's plan to allow for the issuance of bonds to pay off the state's outstanding oil tax credit obligations.

Associated Press
MacKinnon to retire after 19 years on Assembly, Legislature

MacKinnon to retire after 19 years on Assembly, Legislature

Sen. MacKinnon said she's ready to retire after 19 years on Assembly and Legislature.

Steve Quinn
Legislature clocks out with early morning adjournment

Legislature clocks out with early morning adjournment

Legislature clocks out with early morning adjournment.

Steve Quinn
Alaska lawmakers nearing agreement on state budget

Alaska lawmakers nearing agreement on state budget

Alaska House and Senate negotiators are nearing agreement on a state operating budget.

Associated Press
Veteran lawmaker Guttenberg announces retirement

Veteran lawmaker Guttenberg announces retirement

A Fairbanks Democrat says he won’t be seeking a ninth term in office.

Steve Quinn
House, Senate enter final week of session

House, Senate enter final week of session

The House and Senate are inching closer to adjournment with seven days left in the regular session.

Steve Quinn
Providers go without pay in Alaska Medicaid logjam

Providers go without pay in Alaska Medicaid logjam

Imagine working for six months without getting paid -- that's what the owner of an assisted living home in Anchorage says is happening to him.

Liz Raines
Alaska Native Sweeney steps closer to confirmation

Alaska Native Sweeney steps closer to confirmation

Alaska Native Tara Sweeney is close to being confirmed for her new position at Indian Affairs.

KTVA Web Staff
'People are really starving.' Alaska food bank urges legislative action

'People are really starving.' Alaska food bank urges legislative action

It's happening right here at home -- the state says thousands of Alaskans are going hungry and their ability to get food hinges on a decision in Juneau.

Liz Raines
Lawmakers pass plan using Permanent Fund earnings for budgets

Lawmakers pass plan using Permanent Fund earnings for budgets

Alaska House and Senate negotiators have reached tentative agreement on a major piece of a state fiscal plan.

Steve Quinn
Walker to run as Independent in Democratic primary

Walker to run as Independent in Democratic primary

Gov. Bill Walker will run in the Democratic Primary this August, but he will remain an Independent, his campaign confirmed.

Steve Quinn & Liz Thomas
Lawmaker gets support for hunting, fishing permits going digital

Lawmaker gets support for hunting, fishing permits going digital

A member of the House received unanimous support on a bill that brings outdoor recreation permits into the digital age.

Steve Quinn
Alaska Sen. Murkowski weighs in on Mueller's Russia probe

Alaska Sen. Murkowski weighs in on Mueller's Russia probe

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said this week that the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller III should be allowed to proceed to its natural end.

Associated Press
Hawkins says he has cancer, will stay in governor's race

Hawkins says he has cancer, will stay in governor's race

Alaska Republican gubernatorial contender Scott Hawkins says he has pancreatic cancer but will continue his campaign.

Emily Carlson
Walker puts signature on education funding bill

Walker puts signature on education funding bill

Closely surrounded by elementary school kids full of endless energy, Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday signed a bill that ensures education funding won’t be held hostage until the end of this session.

Steve Quinn
Walker’s oil tax credit bond bill clears the House

Walker’s oil tax credit bond bill clears the House

Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to pay off nearly $1 billion in oil and gas tax credits has cleared the first major hurdle.

Steve Quinn
Olson cleared of ethics violations allegations

Olson cleared of ethics violations allegations

A complaint questioning the credibility of a Golovin senator’s moving expenses was dismissed, according to a decision released Thursday.

Steve Quinn
Daycare providers: Why it's so expensive

Daycare providers: Why it's so expensive

The Anchorage Assembly is looking at ways to reduce the cost of childcare city-wide after a proposed ordinance to subsidize care for assembly members drew sharp criticism last month.

Liz Raines
New Permanent Fund draw proposal rolled out

New Permanent Fund draw proposal rolled out

State lawmakers knew they would have to dip into the Permanent Fund earnings to cover state spending; on Wednesday, they rolled out a plan for coming years.

Steve Quinn
Lots of moving parts in waning weeks of session

Lots of moving parts in waning weeks of session

Sixteen days left to close out the session and there is plenty of unfinished business: budgets, crime bills, discussions on using Permanent Fund earnings to fund government services.

Steve Quinn
Legislature OKs bill on parental rights in rape cases

Legislature OKs bill on parental rights in rape cases

Alaska lawmakers have cleared the way for mothers who bear offspring from rapes to terminate their attackers’ parental rights over those children.

Chris Klint
Jonrowe’s visit inspires lawmakers to reflect, appreciate

Jonrowe’s visit inspires lawmakers to reflect, appreciate

Janrowe’s visit inspires lawmakers to reflect, appreciate

Steve Quinn
Controversial salmon initiative goes to Alaska Supreme Court

Controversial salmon initiative goes to Alaska Supreme Court

Yes for Salmon would let voters decide if laws about salmon habitat and project permitting should be updated.

Heather Hintze
Senate Finance Committee introduces capital budget

Senate Finance Committee introduces capital budget

The Senate Finance Committee got its first look at the capital budget Wednesday.

Steve Quinn
Complaint alleges unwanted contact from Rep. Parish

Complaint alleges unwanted contact from Rep. Parish

A newspaper reports that outgoing Alaska state Rep. Justin Parish faced a sexual harassment complaint earlier this year and was ordered by the House speaker to take additional training.

Associated Press
Lawmaker Tarr cited for ethics violations

Lawmaker Tarr cited for ethics violations

An Anchorage lawmaker on Wednesday was cited for using government resources for non-legislative purposes.

Steve Quinn
Juneau lawmaker urges 75 percent cut to per diem pay

Juneau lawmaker urges 75 percent cut to per diem pay

The Chair of the Alaska Legislature's Legislative Council wants to cut lawmaker per diem payments by 75 percent.

Liz Raines
Walker’s oil tax credit bond plan gets industry backing

Walker’s oil tax credit bond plan gets industry backing

Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to pay off nearly $1 billion in owed oil and gas tax credits received broad industry support on Monday.

Steve Quinn
SB91 draws sparring views on crime from senators

SB91 draws sparring views on crime from senators

An Anchorage senator says Alaskans are tired of living in fear and something needs to be done.

Steve Quinn
Bill tying PFD donations to public education funding advances

Bill tying PFD donations to public education funding advances

A bill that allows Alaskans to donate portions of their permanent fund dividend toward public education is gaining momentum.

Steve Quinn
Young holds cash-on-hand edge in Alaska US House race

Young holds cash-on-hand edge in Alaska US House race

Independent U.S. House candidate Alyse Galvin raised more than Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young during the first quarter of the year. But Young holds a big edge in available cash on hand.

Associated Press
Legislature continues working past statutory limit

Legislature continues working past statutory limit

Lawmakers are still on the clock, but they have a new timekeeper: the state constitution.

Steve Quinn
Office Of Special Prosecutions reviews possible charges against Fansler

Office Of Special Prosecutions reviews possible charges against Fansler

Alaska’s Office of Special Prosecutions is still reviewing possible charges against former State Representative Zach Fansler and may have an update in the next few weeks, according to KYUK.

KTVA Web Staff
Education bills headline weekend legislative work

Education bills headline weekend legislative work

The House and Senate on Saturday will each debate education funding bills.

Steve Quinn
State Senate agrees with House on $1,600 PFDs

State Senate agrees with House on $1,600 PFDs

The state Senate agreed with the House on a roughly $1,600 Permanent Fund dividend in an operating budget it passed late Thursday night.

Steve Quinn
Bill to give judges pretrial discretion nears vote

Bill to give judges pretrial discretion nears vote

Legislation to provide judges additional pretrial hearing discretion is inching closer to a House vote.

Steve Quinn
'Have respect:' Candidate calls out Walker, Mallott over sign

'Have respect:' Candidate calls out Walker, Mallott over sign

Gov. Bill Walker’s re-election campaign says a campaign sign placed atop one for an Anchorage mayoral candidate following his defeat last week was an honest mistake, after the candidate took to Facebook to complain.

Chris Klint
House finance reprises oil tax debate

House finance reprises oil tax debate

The House Finance Committee has proposed a tax on the oil industry that could be worth more than $700 million to the state’s treasury.

Steve Quinn
Records: 3 Alaska lawmakers had sex harassment complaints

Records: 3 Alaska lawmakers had sex harassment complaints

Three Alaska legislators have faced allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct that have been formally investigated over the last decade.

Associated Press
Alaska Legislature rejects midwife board pick

Alaska Legislature rejects midwife board pick

The Latest on legislative confirmation of Gov. Bill Walker's nominees to his Cabinet and boards and commissions.

Steve Quinn
Bree's Law bill set free, then hits a detour

Bree's Law bill set free, then hits a detour

A bill to rename portions of the Alaska Safe Children’s act after homicide victim Breanna Moore broke free from legislative limbo on Monday – but only for a few hours.

Steve Quinn
Senator abruptly ends Saturday hearing on 3 major bills

Senator abruptly ends Saturday hearing on 3 major bills

Sen. John Coghill quickly brought down the gavel when pressed to hold a vote on enshrining the Permanent Fund Dividend.

Steve Quinn
Senate Judiciary forced into Saturday hearing

Senate Judiciary forced into Saturday hearing

Three Senators are imposing a rarely-used rule to force Senate Judiciary Committee Chair John Coghill to hold hearings on three bills he wished to keep in committee.

Steve Quinn
Independents – including Walker – can run in party primaries

Independents – including Walker – can run in party primaries

An order from the Alaska Supreme Court allows independent candidates, including Gov. Bill Walker, to run on state parties’ primary ballots – a decision with potential ramifications in this year’s general elections.

KTVA Web Staff
House committee hears Walker's oil tax credit bill

House committee hears Walker's oil tax credit bill

The House Resources Committee heard Walker's proposal to pay down oil tax credit debt

Steve Quinn
Senate poised to scrutinize operating budget

Senate poised to scrutinize operating budget

Now that the House has passed an operating budget, the Senate gets its turn-- and Gov. Bill Walker is watching closely.

Steve Quinn
AGDC hires Trump's former White House Comms director

AGDC hires Trump's former White House Comms director

President Trump's former White House Communications Director now works for an Alaska agency.

Liz Raines
Gas pipeline project may protect Alaska in trade war

Gas pipeline project may protect Alaska in trade war

On Monday, China increased its tariffs on more than more than 100 U.S. products coming into the country.

Liz Raines
Operating budget narrowly clears the House

Operating budget narrowly clears the House

The House early Monday afternoon narrowly passed its operating budget.

Steve Quinn
Alaska House rescinds vote for $2,700 PFD checks

Alaska House rescinds vote for $2,700 PFD checks

The House on Friday has rescinded its narrow approval to issue a $2,700 Permanent Fund dividend this year.

Steve Quinn
House Minority: State budget requires GOP input

House Minority: State budget requires GOP input

The path to an approved budget goes through the Republican-led House minority, its caucus leaders said Thursday.

Steve Quinn
Senate leader putting hold on Bree’s Law bill

Senate leader putting hold on Bree’s Law bill

Senate leader putting hold on Bree’s Law bill

Steve Quinn
House budget debate nearing end of second week

House budget debate nearing end of second week

House budget debate nearing end of second week

Steve Quinn
House still stalled on operating budget

House still stalled on operating budget

One day after the House narrowly passed a Permanent Fund Dividend of about $2,700, the House is no closer to approving an operating budget.

Steve Quinn
House narrowly approves full dividend payment

House narrowly approves full dividend payment

The House Monday afternoon narrowly approved a budget amendment that would fully fund the state’s Permanent Fund Dividend.

Steve Quinn
AKGOP stands by endorsement of mayoral candidate

AKGOP stands by endorsement of mayoral candidate

Tuckerman Babcock, the chair of the Alaska Republican Party, told KTVA on Monday, March 26, that the Alaska Republican Party proudly supports Rebecca Logan for mayor.

Liz Raines
Senate Democrats walk out on spending limit vote

Senate Democrats walk out on spending limit vote

While the House continued to work out budget differences with prolonged delays, the Senate unanimously approved a spending limit bill – but this, too, had its share of drama.

Steve Quinn
Alaska Senate passes spending cap criticized as toothless

Alaska Senate passes spending cap criticized as toothless

Alaska Senate Republicans have passed legislation proposing a state spending limit, despite criticism from Democrats who say it's toothless and may be unconstitutional.

Associated Press
Saddler: Glenn Hwy. accidents create need for new road options

Saddler: Glenn Hwy. accidents create need for new road options

Glenn Hwy. accidents create need for new commuter options

Steve Quinn
Military leaders wow lawmakers with technology

Military leaders wow lawmakers with technology

State lawmakers on Wednesday got a military briefing on the National Guard’s ability to take out an incoming missile.

Steve Quinn
Sen. Costello: Survey results show growing concern over crime

Sen. Costello: Survey results show growing concern over crime

An Anchorage senator says it's time for the Legislature to revisit crime laws.

Steve Quinn
Budget debates under way in State House

Budget debates under way in State House

Alaska’s point man on the proposed natural gas pipeline and non-union state employees became budget cut targets Tuesday while the House worked to approve next year’s spending plan.

Steve Quinn
Concerns over Governor's nominee for AK Board of Fisheries

Concerns over Governor's nominee for AK Board of Fisheries

There is controversy over Governor Bill Walker's appointment of a new member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Joe Vigil
State senator posts survey on SB 91

State senator posts survey on SB 91

Senator Mia Costello says she owes it to her constituents to repeal Senate Bill 91 and the community wants people held accountable. Costello now has a change of heart on the bill she helped co-sponsor.

Scott Gross
Juneau students join nationwide gun protest walkout

Juneau students join nationwide gun protest walkout

Juneau students join nationwide gun protest walkout.

Steve Quinn
Walker: Student voices vital to gun violence discussion

Walker: Student voices vital to gun violence discussion

Gov. Bill Walker says student voices vital to gun violence discussion

Steve Quinn
2 GOP gubernatorial candidates front-runners after convention

2 GOP gubernatorial candidates front-runners after convention

Two front-runners have emerged in the race to become the Republican candidate for governor-- and it's not the two candidates with the most experience.

KTVA Web Staff
Spohnholz, Guttenberg return to House

Spohnholz, Guttenberg return to House

Healthy Sponholz, Guttenberg return to House

Steve Quinn
House passes budget for immediate expenses

House passes budget for immediate expenses

The House on Monday overwhelmingly passed a budget bill that covers expenses bill proponents say is needed in coming weeks.

Steve Quinn
Trump tariffs bring questions about AKLNG costs

Trump tariffs bring questions about AKLNG costs

President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports have raised questions over how they might affect a proposed natural gas pipeline project.

Steve Quinn
Zulkosky sworn in fill Fansler’s House seat

Zulkosky sworn in fill Fansler’s House seat

Former Bethel mayor Tiffany Zulkosky on Friday was sworn as a new member of the state House.

Steve Quinn
Democrats offer 3 names to fill vacant Bethel House seat

Democrats offer 3 names to fill vacant Bethel House seat

A nominating committee of House Democrats from District 38 has sent the names of three individuals to Gov. Bill Walker to be considered as the replacement for Rep. Zach Fansler of Bethel.

KTVA Web Staff
Shower adjusting to new life in the Senate

Shower adjusting to new life in the Senate

Senator Mike Shower gets adjusted to new life in the Capitol

Steve Quinn
House Rep. Guttenberg rushed to hospital

House Rep. Guttenberg rushed to hospital

House Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) was rushed to the hospital with an unknown medical condition,

Steve Quinn
Transportation officials tout Sterling Highway project

Transportation officials tout Sterling Highway project

A decades-long Sterling Highway upgrade could get the final approval in two months, state and federal transportation officials said Wednesday.

Steve Quinn
House committee wades through budget amendments

House committee wades through budget amendments

The House Finance Committee is getting closer to a final vote on the state’s operating budget before sending to the House for a full vote as early as Monday.

Steve Quinn
Walker pursuing trade mission to China

Walker pursuing trade mission to China

Gov. Bill Walker wants to send a trade mission to China this spring.

Steve Quinn
Rep. Spohnholz home recovering from blood clots

Rep. Spohnholz home recovering from blood clots

House Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage), is recovering from a pulmonary embolism

Steve Quinn
Credit history bill clears the Senate

Credit history bill clears the Senate

A bill to simplify insurance policy renewal on Thursday cleared the Senate by a large margin.

Steve Quinn
Lawmakers looking for ways to fund tourism marketing

Lawmakers looking for ways to fund tourism marketing

State lawmakers want to create a way for the tourism industry to fund its own marketing operations.

Steve Quinn
House gun bill slated for hearing

House gun bill slated for hearing

With the Parkland, Fla., shooting that took 17 lives still fresh on people’s minds, state lawmakers will hold their first gun bill hearing Wednesday.

Steve Quinn
Shower sworn in as Alaska state senator

Shower sworn in as Alaska state senator

The Alaska Senate's newest member has been sworn in.

Associated Press
Sullivan: Plenty of reasons for optimism in Alaska

Sullivan: Plenty of reasons for optimism in Alaska

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan on Monday delivered his fourth speech to state lawmakers since being elected in 2014, reiterating tones of optimism shared last week by Sen. Lisa Murkowski during her annual visit.

Steve Quinn
Murkowski talks Parkland shooting, Alaska economy with lawmakers

Murkowski talks Parkland shooting, Alaska economy with lawmakers

Sen. Lisa Murkowski returned to Juneau on Thursday to touch on topics including oil discoveries on the North Slope, expanding mining projects and the state’s growing tourism industry.

Steve Quinn
GOP senators confirm Shower to state Senate

GOP senators confirm Shower to state Senate

The Senate Republicans confirmed former Air Force pilot Mike Shower to take over Mike Dunleavy’s vacant Mat-Su District Senate seat.

Steve Quinn
Walker selects former Bethel mayor for Fansler seat

Walker selects former Bethel mayor for Fansler seat

Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday has appointed former Bethel Mayor Tiffany Zulkosky to replace House Rep. Zach Fansler, who stepped down earlier this month amid allegations of sexual assault. Zulkosky, 34, works as vice president of communications for the Yuk

Steve Quinn
Docs show mayoral candidate's arrest, wage garnishments, lawsuits

Docs show mayoral candidate's arrest, wage garnishments, lawsuits

Rebecca Logan, the best-financed opponent to incumbent Ethan Berkowitz in the Anchorage mayoral race, is running on a conservative budget and anti-crime platform. Court records reveal legal issues for Logan in both areas.

Liz Raines
Elections head backtracks on party switch timing

Elections head backtracks on party switch timing

The director of Alaska's Division of Elections is backtracking on when a state Senate nominee changed his party affiliation.

Associated Press
Sen. Murkowski discusses gun control, school shooting

Sen. Murkowski discusses gun control, school shooting

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) joined KTVA LIVE for a sit-down interview Tuesday, where she discussed the gun control protesters who crashed a private ANWR event, along with last week's school shooting in Florida and subsequent calls for more gun control.

KTVA Web Staff
Lawmaker wants hunting, fishing permits to go digital

Lawmaker wants hunting, fishing permits to go digital

A member of the House wants to bring outdoor recreation permits into the digital age.

Steve Quinn
Alaskans seek lawmakers’ help using hemp

Alaskans seek lawmakers’ help using hemp

While winter in Alaska is certainly beautiful, Homer resident Jack Bennett says the cost of heating your home can get ugly. For the past couple years, Bennett has been working to combat the problem-- and he says he's discovered an affordable solution.

Shannon Ballard
Protesters crash ANWR dinner in Midtown

Protesters crash ANWR dinner in Midtown

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) is back in Alaska talking about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

KTVA Web Staff
Senate puts final approval on denouncing Frankenfish

Senate puts final approval on denouncing Frankenfish

The Alaska Senate on Monday unanimously passed a resolution denouncing the recent approval of a Massachusetts company’s approval to sell genetically engineered salmon.

Steve Quinn
AK House unanimously pass bill to legalize industrial hemp

AK House unanimously pass bill to legalize industrial hemp

The Alaska State House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill which would legalize the growth and sale of hemp.

KTVA Web Staff
Sutton republican keeps party leadership role after controversial Facebook posts go public

Sutton republican keeps party leadership role after controversial Facebook posts go public

The Alaska GOP says it will not strip one of its members of his leadership role in the party, after a social media post he made threatening to kill people who support abortion became public earlier this week.

Liz Raines
GOP offers new Mat-Su names, Dems blast Braund response

GOP offers new Mat-Su names, Dems blast Braund response

The head of the Alaska Democratic Party released a fiery response to state Republicans’ handling of Mat-Su Senate nominee Tom Braund, who withdrew his name the day after explosive Facebook posts in his past made news.

KTVA Web Staff

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