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Fireworks in the legislature as second special session called

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Walker calls for second special session

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House passes budget, adjourns in dramatic vote

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Alaska lawmakers unlikely to pass budget before special session ends

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Alaska House votes to approve $2200 PFD

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    Fireworks in the legislature as second special session called

    by Rhonda McBride on Jun 17, 10:28

    The end of the legislative session in Juneau turned into a political roller coaster, and the wild ride probably is far from over. After the Senate gaveled out on Friday, the governor called a second special session. The fireworks started in the House on Thursday night, one day before the end of the first special […]

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    Walker calls for second special session

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 16, 11:52

    Late-Friday morning, the Alaska Senate gaveled out, bringing an end to the special session. However, mere minutes later, Governor Bill Walker called legislators into a second special session due to the looming government shutdown and the legislature’s failure to pass a budget. Walker issued the proclamation around 11:15 Friday, with one item on the agenda: […]

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    House passes budget, adjourns in dramatic vote

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 16, 9:18

    The House Majority Caucus pushed through a budget in a surprising vote Thursday night. The feud started with a surprise 89-page amendment directly before the vote. Minority Leader Charisse Millett was one of several lawmakers who asked to be excused from voting for the budget bill. Representative Millett said it was because she said she […]

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    Alaska lawmakers unlikely to pass budget before special session ends

    by Liz Raines on Jun 15, 18:00

    Friday is the end of a special session in Juneau, and lawmakers have not passed an operating budget to keep state services running past July 1. At this point, passage of a budget is possible, but procedurally difficult because lawmakers must have the bill on their desks for 24 hours before taking a vote — and that […]

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    Alaska House votes to approve $2200 PFD

    by Liz Raines on Jun 14, 14:20

    The Alaska House has added hundreds of millions of dollars to the state capital budget to bump up this year’s permanent fund dividend to around $2,200 a person– a sharp increase from last year’s check of $1,022. Across party lines, the House on Wednesday voted 26-14 to add $700 million to allow for full payment […]

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    Homer recall vote unsettled as 850 votes unaccounted for

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 14, 11:16

    Three Homer City Council members in a recall election have retained their seats– for now– as hundreds of votes have yet to be counted. Catriona Reynolds, David Lewis and Donna Aderhold sponsored a resolution that promoted inclusivity after President Donald Trump was elected. The resolution stated its opposition to actions targeting specific minority groups based on […]

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    AGDC urges lawmakers not to cut funding, as AKLNG piques Trump’s interest

    by Liz Raines on Jun 13, 19:23

    The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) is lobbying legislators to keep funding for the state’s natural gas project, Alaska LNG. As lawmakers struggle to reach agreement on a budget this week, $50 million for the project has become a controversial component. In a last ditch effort to persuade lawmakers, members of AGDC’s Board of Directors […]

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    Unemployment services threatened by potential government shutdown

    by Daniella Rivera on Jun 13, 9:13

    As Alaska nears what could be the first ever state government shut down on July 1, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development is encouraging people who’ve already received pink slips to file for unemployment now if they’re going to, while the office is still able to process applications. “Who the hell is gonna process […]

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    Alaska lawmakers optimistic about passing budget by Friday

    by Liz Raines on Jun 12, 18:58

    It’s crunch time for the Alaska legislature to pass a budget. This is the last week of a special session and if they can’t reach an agreement, the state could face its first-ever government shutdown. For lawmakers in Juneau, getting to a budget deal this week will be like solving a jigsaw puzzle. Right now, all […]

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    Alaskans rally in midtown against government shutdown

    by KTVA 11 News on Jun 12, 9:14

    State workers, educators and others rallied in Midtown Sunday afternoon, upset about the looming government shutdown. Thousands of state employees have received pink slips warning they could be laid off July 1. Speakers at the rally said if there is a government shut down, not one legislative seat will be safe in Alaska. Every seat […]

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    Government shutdown would cost state hundreds of millions

    by Liz Raines on Jun 09, 18:25

    Alaska is just three weeks away from a government shutdown if lawmakers don’t pass a budget. And if government does shut down, it would cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars to do it — because of interruptions to revenue-generating departments, as well as unemployment and other benefits for state employees. With each day […]

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    Gov. Walker prepares for government shutdown

    by Liz Raines on Jun 08, 20:31

    Governor Bill Walker is responding to a looming government shutdown just as he would a natural disaster. On Thursday afternoon, Walker told reporters he’s set up an incident command structure, the type of organization used to respond to disasters — with periodic meetings between departments. Walker said he doesn’t believe the threat of a shutdown […]

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    Gov’t shutdown effects: Dept. of Law

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 08, 19:29

    The Alaska Department of Administration sent out notices to thousands of employees June 1, warning of layoffs if lawmakers don’t pass a budget on July 1. Thursday, Governor Walker ordered the Walker-Mallott Administration set up an incident command structure to prepare Alaskans for a potential government shutdown, according to a press release from the Governor’s […]

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    Gov’t shutdown effects: Dept. of Commerce

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 08, 18:57

    The Alaska Department of Administration sent out notices to thousands of employees June 1, warning of layoffs if lawmakers don’t pass a budget on July 1. Thursday, Governor Walker ordered the Walker-Mallott Administration set up an incident command structure to prepare Alaskans for a potential government shutdown, according to a press release from the Governor’s […]

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    Gov’t shutdown effects: Dept. of Nat. Resources

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 08, 18:51

    The Alaska Department of Administration sent out notices to thousands of employees June 1, warning of layoffs if lawmakers don’t pass a budget on July 1. Thursday, Governor Walker ordered the Walker-Mallott Administration set up an incident command structure to prepare Alaskans for a potential government shutdown, according to a press release from the Governor’s […]

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    Gov’t shutdown effects: Dept. of Corrections

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 08, 18:08

    The Alaska Department of Administration sent out notices to thousands of employees June 1, warning of layoffs if lawmakers don’t pass a budget on July 1. Thursday, Governor Walker ordered the Walker-Mallott Administration set up an incident command structure to prepare Alaskans for a potential government shutdown, according to a press release from the Governor’s […]

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    Gov’t shutdown effects: Dept. of Education

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 08, 18:01

    The Alaska Department of Administration sent out notices to thousands of employees June 1, warning of layoffs if lawmakers don’t pass a budget on July 1. Thursday, Governor Walker ordered the Walker-Mallott Administration set up an incident command structure to prepare Alaskans for a potential government shutdown, according to a press release from the Governor’s […]

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    Gov’t shutdown effects: Dept. of Environmental Conservation

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 08, 17:54

    The Alaska Department of Administration sent out notices to thousands of employees June 1, warning of layoffs if lawmakers don’t pass a budget on July 1. Thursday, Governor Walker ordered the Walker-Mallott Administration set up an incident command structure to prepare Alaskans for a potential government shutdown, according to a press release from the Governor’s […]

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    Gov’t shutdown effects: Business & community services

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 08, 17:43

    The Alaska Department of Administration sent out notices to thousands of employees June 1, warning of layoffs if lawmakers don’t pass a budget on July 1. Thursday, Governor Walker ordered the Walker-Mallott Administration set up an incident command structure to prepare Alaskans for a potential government shutdown, according to a press release from the Governor’s […]

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    Gov’t shutdown effects: Dept. Fish & Game

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jun 08, 17:18

    The Alaska Department of Administration sent out notices to thousands of employees June 1, warning of layoffs if lawmakers don’t pass a budget on July 1. Thursday, Governor Walker ordered the Walker-Mallott Administration set up an incident command structure to prepare Alaskans for a potential government shutdown, according to a press release from the Governor’s […]