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  • Alaska Politics

    28 years later, Exxon Valdez still casts shadow as Alaskans weigh in on oil tax change

    by Liz Raines on Mar 24, 19:44

    Friday marked the 28th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill — and the end of a long week of debate in Juneau on big policy changes for the oil industry. Tensions leftover from the historic event have spilled over into a battle on oil tax credits. While lawmakers are welcoming of the revenue that oil […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Young hails demise of health bill, wants more work on issue

    by Associated Press on Mar 24, 16:00

    The longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House says he would have voted against a GOP health care bill had it been brought to a vote. U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska says it was not good legislation. He says it would have hurt people on Medicaid and did not address issues with high costs. The […]

  • Alaska Politics

    After drawn-out fight, budget quietly passes Alaska House

    by Associated Press on Mar 24, 13:03

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A version of the state operating budget passed the Alaska House with little fanfare Friday, following a drawn-out floor debate and bickering about process. Debate on the budget began March 13, with final arguments delivered a week later. An initial vote was taken Monday but the bill was held for reconsideration. […]

  • U.S. Politics

    US imposes sanctions on China, North Korea entities, people

    by Associated Press on Mar 24, 8:32

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 30 foreign companies and people from 10 countries, including China. The State Department said Friday that the entities and people contribute to activity that “only serves to escalate regional conflicts further and poses a significant threat to regional security.” The statement says that a group […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska Senate passes bill to allow Uber, Lyft in Alaska

    by Liz Raines on Mar 23, 19:24

    The Alaska Senate passed a bill Thursday that gives ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft the green light in Alaska. The measure passed 14 to 5, but not without lengthy debate. Lawmakers spent more than four hours going over the Senate Bill 14. Members of the Democratic minority raised concerns about a provision that allows […]

  • U.S. Politics

    White House tells House Republicans ,’Let’s vote’ on health care bill

    by Associated Press on Mar 23, 16:44

    The Latest on the upcoming health care vote in the House (all times local): 7:50 p.m. President Donald Trump wants the House to vote on the health care bill, and Republicans say a vote will occur Friday. White House officials had a simple message to a divided House Republican caucus on the bill: “Let’s vote.” […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Update: Murkowski doesn’t want to see health plan rushed

    by Associated Press on Mar 23, 12:25

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Latest on the federal health care debate (all times local): 2:20 p.m. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski cautioned against a “reckless” approach to changing the federal health care law, saying it’s important to get it right. During a Facebook Live event Thursday afternoon, the Alaska Republican said she could not support […]

  • Alaska Politics

    What your vote means for Proposition 8

    by Daniella Rivera on Mar 22, 22:34

    In an effort to make taxicab service better and faster, the Anchorage Assembly voted in December to make changes to Title XI in municipal code. The changes will put an additional 166 cabs on the streets over the next five years, but the cab industry says it’ll do more harm than good. So they’re asking voters […]

  • Alaska Politics

    New fiscal plan pays out $1,900 PFD, but faces grim future

    by Liz Raines on Mar 22, 20:20

    There are now more than a handful of proposals in Juneau on how to use the permanent fund to solve the state’s multi-billion dollar budget shortfall. The latest is one unveiled by House Republican minority Wednesday morning, day 65 of the legislative session. House Bill 192 avoids a steep cut to dividends next year by using less […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Lawmakers, municipalities in tug-of-war over ride-sharing control

    by Liz Raines on Mar 21, 19:47

    Last updated at 8:53 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 After public testimony and debate, the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance Tuesday night that would set up regulations for ride-sharing companies like Uber or Lyft. But the vote won’t mean much if the Alaska Legislature passes Senate Bill 14 this session. It all boils down to whether […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska House passes budget, but balks at Senate’s permanent fund bill

    by Liz Raines on Mar 20, 19:35

    The Alaska House passed a $4.2 billion budget Monday, but the move doesn’t mean lawmakers are on track to go home next month. They’ve got to figure out how to pay for it, and the issue has the House and Senate butting heads. The House Finance Committee is switching gears this week to take up […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Early voting for Anchorage municipal election kicks off

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 20, 16:18

    The Anchorage municipal election isn’t until April 4, but locals can cast their ballots now. The non-partisan Alaska Center held a kick-off rally for early voting Monday afternoon. Members from other groups, like Planned Parenthood and the Anchorage Park Foundation met in Town Square Park to encourage people to get out to vote. One of […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Young not convinced GOP bill is right for health care woes or Alaska

    by Associated Press on Mar 20, 15:30

    The longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House says he isn’t convinced that a GOP bill pending in Congress takes the right approach to addressing health care problems, particularly for a high-cost, remote state such as Alaska. Rep. Don Young told reporters Monday that there can’t be a one-size-fits-all approach to health care. Young says that’s […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Should companies be allowed to demand your genetic test results?

    by CBS News on Mar 20, 13:50

    Your genetic profile can reveal whether you have a disease or a predisposition to problems like cancer. So there is concern over a bill that would let companies request genetic testing, and effectively charge employees more for health insurance if they refuse. The bill aims to clarify rules for workplace wellness programs. Employers would be […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Alaska House protects VPSO, Power Cost Equalization programs

    by Johanna Eurich / KYUK on Mar 18, 17:56

    Legislators in the Alaska House plowed through more than 100 amendments to the state operating budget last week, according to a story published by KYUK Public Media. The House majority defeated attempts to cut the Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program, the Power Cost Equalization (PCE) program and public broadcasting. Bethel Rep. Zach Fansler, along with other rural […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Judge denies expedited hearing to allow invocation op-ed

    by Associated Press on Mar 18, 11:46

    An Alaska Superior Court judge has denied a Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member’s request for an expedited hearing that would have allowed him to publish an op-ed supporting an ordinance that would remove prayer from the beginning of assembly meetings. The Peninsula Clarion reports that Homer assembly member Willy Dunne was challenging the assembly’s contract […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Troopers at ‘critical’ staffing level as state budget talks continue, says director

    by Daniella Rivera on Mar 17, 7:57

    As lawmakers in Juneau are deciding where to make cuts in this year’s budget, the director of the Alaska State Troopers (AST) says he’s holding his breath. “These reductions have pushed us right to an edge of a cliff, and it wouldn’t take much to push us over. We’re that critical right now when it […]

  • Alaska Politics

    House leadership pulls plug on budget debate

    by Liz Raines on Mar 16, 23:07

    Democratic leadership in the Alaska House is putting a halt to the debate on the state budget – after spending the week working through dozens of calls for cuts from the Republican minority.  For the last four days, the House has taken up amendment after amendment to its budget bill. Now, House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Alaskans ask Murkowski to save Affordable Care Act

    by Lauren Maxwell on Mar 16, 18:51

    A group of a dozen Alaskans held signs and chanted in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Thursday. They braved the cold in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s downtown Anchorage office. Jodi Bruner said they were looking to send a message to the public, and also to the senator. “’Take care of the […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Alaska’s congressional delegates react to Trump’s budget proposal

    by KTVA / AP on Mar 16, 15:36

    President Donald Trump has unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Trump’s proposal seeks to upend Washington with cuts to long-promised campaign targets like foreign aid and […]