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Murkowski announces upcoming 'mobile offices' in southeast, southcentral Alaska

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New director chosen for Alaska Division of Elections

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Senators seek hearing on Walker's Medicaid expansion plans

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Judge signs with Jewell in dispute over exploration plan

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Gov. Walker announces Medicaid expansion plan

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    Murkowski announces upcoming ‘mobile offices’ in southeast, southcentral Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 31, 18:24

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski says Alaskans will have the chance to meet with staff members from her office during the month of August in several southcentral and southeastern communities. Staff will meet with those who have “concerns about issues and policies related to the federal government” and collect casework requests for Murkowski or other federal agencies […]

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    New director chosen for Alaska Division of Elections

    by Associated Press on Jul 27, 14:26

    Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has chosen a new director for Alaska’s Division of Elections. Claire Richardson, a special staff assistant to Mallott, said Mallott asked for and accepted the resignation of Gail Fenumiai on Friday. Richardson says there was nothing personal about the request; she says Mallott is thankful for the work Fenumiai has done […]

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    Senators seek hearing on Walker’s Medicaid expansion plans

    by Associated Press on Jul 22, 15:24

    The chairman of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee says he’ll take under advisement requests to hold a hearing on Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion. But Republican Rep. Mike Hawker says Walker has the ability to pursue his plans regardless of what the committee says. Republican Sens. Anna MacKinnon […]

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    Judge signs with Jewell in dispute over exploration plan

    by Associated Press on Jul 21, 17:14

    A federal judge has sided with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell over whether Jewell must approve exploration plans meeting certain requirements for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The state last year sued the Interior Department for refusing to consider an exploration plan for the refuge’s coastal plain, calling it a violation of the Alaska National Interest […]

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    Gov. Walker announces Medicaid expansion plan

    by Lauren Maxwell, Hope Miller on Jul 16, 11:31

    Last Updated: Thurs. July 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM Alaska is the 30th state to accept Medicaid expansion, Gov. Bill Walker announced. Thursday, Walker sent a letter to the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee and gave members the required 45-day notice of his intention to accept additional funding to expand Medicaid in Alaska. The unilateral […]

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    Dept. of Revenue commissioner explains oil tax credit report

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 13, 23:25

    A recent report from the Department of Revenue says the state should not be investing in oil tax credits, but some say the report doesn’t give the credits enough value. Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck joined KTVA 11 to break down the numbers and explain the background of the report.

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    Walker to announce plans for Medicaid expansion

    by Associated Press on Jul 13, 16:34

    A spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Walker says Walker is expected to announce this week how he will move forward on Medicaid expansion in Alaska. Spokeswoman Katie Marquette says Walker has been weighing his options, including whether to move forward on expansion through legislation or unilaterally. Walker campaigned on expanding Medicaid coverage. For states that opt […]

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    Governor urges lawmakers to revisit oil tax credits

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jul 01, 21:07

    Alaska’s governor says the state has a fiscal problem, and it’s partly because of oil tax credits. Gov. Bill Walker vetoed $200 million in oil tax credits on Monday from the state budget. The credits will be applied, but delayed by a couple of months. “We need a solution to the situation we’re in. Business […]

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    Walker signs budget, vetoes $200M in oil tax credits

    by Kate McPherson on Jun 30, 23:24

    Gov. Bill Walker vetoed $200 million in tax credits from the 2016 operating budget. The credits are owed to oil and gas companies that work in Alaska and are designed to encourage production. “The governor was right to do what he did,” said Anchorage Democrat Rep. Les Gara. “We had to cut the budget and […]

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    More responsibility for Alaskan teachers and school volunteers

    by Kate McPherson on Jun 13, 0:50

    Alaska’s Legislature passed the Alaska Safe Children’s Act, which contains Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law, but there was also other legislation attached. It includes the addition of school volunteers to the list of people who legally must report suspected child abuse, and requirements for all teachers — no matter what class they teach — to […]

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    Alaska Legislature passes Erin’s Law

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 11, 23:33

    The Legislature passed the Alaska Safe Children’s Act on Thursday. The Senate passed it unanimously and the House of Representatives passed it with a vote of 37 – 1, with dissent from Rep. Tammie Wilson. Also known as “Erin’s Law,” House Bill 44 requires schools to teach all students how to recognize sexual assault and […]

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    Legislature passes 2016 budget, adjourns special session

    by Kate McPherson on Jun 11, 18:55

    The Alaska Legislature passed and funded the $5.2 billion 2016 operating budget Thursday and adjourned the second special session. “A budget is a moral document, it shows what you stand for, it shows what you believe in,” said Rep. Les Gara during a speech on the House floor. Gara says he’s happy $15 million was […]

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    Alaska Legislature passes 2016 operating budget

    by Kate McPherson on Jun 11, 10:49

    Update – 12:15 p.m.: The Alaska Senate has passed the 2016 operating budget by a vote of 16-3 with senators Bill Wielechowski, Johnny Ellis and Berta Gardner voting in opposition. The Senate voted unanimously in favor of using the Constitutional Budget Reserve to fund the budget. Gardner and Wielechowski said they can’t support the budget because it […]

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    Alaska lawmakers reach budget deal

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 11, 6:10

    Originally Published on June 10, 2015 at 6:37 p.m. Alaska lawmakers have made a deal on the state’s operating budget, and it’s ready for a vote in the House and Senate on Thursday. “Right now we are optimistic, and I think we’ve got the votes on the floor,” said Rep. Mark Neuman. A conference committee […]

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    Erin’s Law ‘close to passing’ in Legislature

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 10, 21:53

    Lawmakers are closer to passing Erin’s Law, which requires schools to teach their students about sexual assault awareness. On Wednesday, dozens of people gave emotional testimony in support of the bill. The bill is currently in the hands of the Senate Finance Committee. There was concern among supporters that this bill would not pass this special […]

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    Gov. Walker: 2 Labor Department agencies to merge

    by Associated Press on Jun 10, 15:44

    Gov. Bill Walker will take a modest step toward streamlining state government by combining two divisions within the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Walker at a press conference Wednesday announced the Employment Security Division would be combined with the Division of Business Partnerships. The combined agency will be the Division of Employment and […]

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    Alaska lawmakers say progress made toward finalizing budget

    by Kate McPherson on Jun 09, 21:12

    Lawmakers took a step Tuesday afternoon toward finalizing the 2016 operating budget. The Conference Committee approved adding $16.5 million to the Base Student Allocation, bringing the per-student funding formula up to a level schools were planning on. “It is big progress, obviously the school systems are very happy with this, I would imagine,” said Rep. […]

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    State leaders discuss new revenue options for Alaska

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 08, 22:22

    How will Alaska pay for its future? All weekend leaders from across the state got together to try to answer that very question. The governor put out a list of 50 ideas. They ranged from a Powerball lottery and casinos to fishing and fuel taxes. But the options with the most traction were the ones that will bring […]

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    State workers rally for wage increase, Republicans not budging

    by Kate McPherson on Jun 08, 20:25

    Dozens of state employees rallied at the Legislative Information Office in Anchorage Monday morning in support of contractual wage increases that some Republican lawmakers are threatening to void. Workers who are part of the Alaska State Employees Association (ASEA) are expecting a 2.5 percent cost of living increase in 2016. It’s the third and final […]

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    Conference committee adjourned until Monday, still no budget

    by Kate McPherson on Jun 05, 18:45

    Another day closer to a partial government shutdown, another day thousands of state workers question whether they will have a job come July, all because state lawmakers are fighting over $30 million worth of state employee wage increases. The fight is holding up a vote to pass, and fully fund, the 2016 operating budget. “We’ve […]