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Judge denies attempt to prolong Medicaid legislation

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Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards resigns

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PFD exec: Market may make dividend bill too optimistic

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Overtime costs for Alaska Legislature adding up

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Legislature ends special session early, governor calls another

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    Judge denies attempt to prolong Medicaid legislation

    by Associated Press on Jun 24, 20:27

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A state judge has denied an attempt to prolong litigation challenging Gov. Bill Walker’s authority to unilaterally expand Medicaid. The Friday action stems from a lawsuit filed by the Alaska Legislative Council against Walker last summer. The case was dismissed by a state court judge in March. The Alaska House subsequently […]

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    Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards resigns

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 23, 11:28

    “With great reluctance,” Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has accepted the resignation of Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards. His last day is Thursday, June 23, just days after Walker called a special session to begin July 11 — as the state continues to seek a long-term budget fix. Richards was appointed as attorney general in December […]

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    PFD exec: Market may make dividend bill too optimistic

    by Associated Press on Jun 22, 10:18

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – State government officials might be too optimistic about the market when planning to use money from the Alaska Permanent Fund to help pay for state government. That’s what the chief executive officer of the corporation that manages the Alaska Permanent Fund told both the editorial board of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner […]

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    Overtime costs for Alaska Legislature adding up

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jun 20, 20:11

    The Alaska Legislature is heading back to Juneau for the third time this year to try to come up with a long-term budget fix. They were supposed to be done five weeks ago, but because they weren’t able to reach a compromise, they reached the 90-day limit, set by voters in a 2006 initiative. The cost […]

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    Legislature ends special session early, governor calls another

    by Liz Raines on Jun 20, 7:45

    Gov. Bill Walker has called a special session to begin July 11 at 11 a.m. in Juneau, this one with a narrowed focus on his permanent fund bill, a tax package which includes both a statewide sales and income tax, and oil tax legislation. The Alaska State Legislature adjourned from a May special session Sunday, […]

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    Permanent fund bill dies in House committee

    by Liz Raines on Jun 17, 23:25

    The latest version of Gov. Bill Walker’s bill to use part of the permanent fund to help mitigate the state’s nearly $4 billion budget deficit failed to pass a final House committee. The measure was one vote shy of the six needed for passage by the House Finance Committee. Voted against the measure Scott Kawasaki, […]

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    New version of permanent fund bill sets PFD at $1,500

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 16, 16:27

    Last updated at 5:49 p.m. on Thursday, June 16 A new compromise version of Gov. Bill Walker’s Senate Bill 128 raises the proposed Permanent Fund Dividend amount from the previously proposed $1,000 for the next three years to $1,500 for this fall and next year. On Thursday, the new proposal was introduced in the House […]

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    Walker says no way to avoid smaller PFD checks this fall in light of fiscal crisis

    by Liz Raines on Jun 16, 7:30

    Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to use part of the permanent fund to help solve the state’s unprecedented fiscal woes is struggling for support in the House. Senate Bill 128 sets dividends at $1,000 for the next three years, essentially dropping the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend to half of the current calculation, starting with this fall’s dividends. […]

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    Governor’s administration says permanent fund plan doesn’t have support yet to pass the House

    by Liz Raines on Jun 14, 11:13

    Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to use the permanent fund to help pay for the state’s annual budget is working through its final committee in the House Tuesday. It could go to the House floor for a vote later this week, but at this stage it will likely fail, Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck said. “We don’t have the votes […]

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    Legislative poll: Should the permanent fund be used to pay for the state budget?

    by Liz Raines on Jun 13, 20:17

    A vote in the House this week could determine the size of future Permanent Fund Dividend checks. Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to use the permanent fund’s earnings as a long-term source of funding for the state’s annual budget is working through a final committee this week. Last week, House speaker Mike Chenault said he doubted […]

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    Interior Alaska lawmakers oppose permanent fund bill

    by Associated Press on Jun 12, 16:45

    Interior lawmakers with the Alaska House are opposing legislation that would use Alaska’s oil wealth nest egg to help address the state’s bulging budget deficit. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that all but one of the Interior Delegation’s House members say they either oppose the measure or were undecided. [RELATED: Alaska Senate passes plan to […]

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    House speaker doubts support for Senate-approved permanent fund plan

    by Liz Raines on Jun 08, 7:50

    House Speaker Mike Chenault says Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to trim dividends and use the permanent fund’s earnings for the state’s budget is lacking support in the House, despite its passage in the Senate Monday. “At this point, I don’t believe the votes are there to pass it,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “You […]

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    Alaska Senate passes plan to use permanent fund’s earnings for state budget

    by Liz Raines on Jun 07, 0:38

    The Senate passed a bill Monday evening to use part of the Alaska Permanent Fund as an endowment to pay for the state’s annual budget. The latest version of Gov. Bill Walker’s Senate Bill 128 emerged from the Senate Finance Committee Monday afternoon. It allows the Legislature to draw up to 5.2 percent of the […]

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    UPDATE: House, Senate pass oil tax credit compromise

    by Liz Raines on Jun 06, 15:23

    Updated at 6:28 p.m. on Monday, June 6 A compromise on state oil tax credits emerged from a committee meeting Monday morning and passed both the House and Senate following months of debate. The Senate approved the oil tax credit compromise with a vote of 13-6. The House narrowly approved the measure 21-19. Oil tax credit […]

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    Legislature to take break from special session next week

    by Liz Raines on Jun 03, 20:07

    The Alaska Legislature is planning to recess for five to six days from special session in Juneau next week, according to Sen. President Kevin Meyer and House Speaker Mike Chenault. They said the Sealaska Heritage’s biennial “Celebration” will occupy most hotel space in town. Chenault, R-Nikiski, says there’s no way to wrap up work by the […]

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    Senate passes bill to dampen rising individual healthcare costs

    by Liz Raines on Jun 03, 16:22

    The Alaska Senate passed a bill Friday to mitigate expected increases in personal healthcare once Moda Health exits the market next year. Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield will become the sole insurance provider in the individual market after that. Twenty-three-thousand Alaskans will see an increase in their monthly premiums in order to cover the cost of […]

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    Members of House panel, some begrudgingly, move tax bills

    by Associated Press on Jun 02, 16:22

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The House Finance Committee has advanced three of Gov. Bill Walker’s tax proposals though several members indicated they did so begrudgingly to allow for a House floor vote. The bills would raise taxes on motor fuels and the fishing and mining industries and are pieces of a larger plan from Walker […]

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    Legislature considers special session move to Anchorage LIO

    by Liz Raines on Jun 02, 15:55

    Last updated at 6:59 p.m. Thursday, June 2 JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature is considering a move to the Legislative Information Office (LIO) building in Anchorage for the ongoing special session, according to Senate President Kevin Meyer and House Speaker Mike Chenault. A biennial festival of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures hosted by SeaAlaska Heritage will […]

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    Former Anchorage mayor Dan Sullivan files to run against Murkowski

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 02, 7:30

    Updated at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1 Minutes before Wednesday’s filing deadline, former Anchorage mayor Dan Sullivan officially filed to run against U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the upcoming Senate race. The application came as a surprise to onlookers at the Alaska Division of Elections office. Sullivan said he has had people call and […]

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    Gov. Walker criticizes Legislature for budget, voices concern for future

    by Liz Raines on Jun 01, 20:56

    Gov. Bill Walker is waiting to sign off on a budget passed by lawmakers Tuesday evening — a budget that is funded mostly by savings. Walker says his action on the legislation will depend on the Legislature adopting a long-term fiscal plan. “If things don’t change, if they kick the can down the road, there’ll […]