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Alaska Politics

Push for ride-share companies in Alaska hits speed bumps

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Economist: Proposed state income tax will raise millions, but take away jobs

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Gov. Walker signs administrative order to address Alaska's opioid epidemic

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Freshman legislator introduces bill to end 'introduction of frivolous bills' in Juneau

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House votes to lift Obama limits on Alaska hunting, trapping

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    Push for ride-share companies in Alaska hits speed bumps

    by Associated Press on Feb 19, 12:09

    The drive to allow ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Alaska has hit speed bumps. The bill, from Anchorage Republican Sen. Mia Costello, faces opposition from taxi operators worried the entrance of ride-share groups will drive down wages for their drivers and from municipalities that don’t want to cede regulation to the […]

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    Economist: Proposed state income tax will raise millions, but take away jobs

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 17, 20:08

    Alaskans got a chance to weigh in on a statewide income tax proposal Friday. Members of the House Finance Committee held a public hearing in Juneau on House Bill 115. Alaskans The bill would do several things, including restructuring the Permanent Fund in an effort to balance the state budget. But most of the talk […]

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    Gov. Walker signs administrative order to address Alaska’s opioid epidemic

    by Liz Raines on Feb 16, 21:57

    Gov. Bill Walker signed an administrative order Thursday requiring all state departments to join the search for federal funding to help fight heroin and prescription drug abuse in Alaska. On Tuesday, Walker declared the state’s opioid crisis a public health disaster. According to the declaration, the number of deaths associated with heroin in Alaska more […]

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    Freshman legislator introduces bill to end ‘introduction of frivolous bills’ in Juneau

    by Liz Raines on Feb 16, 19:40

    Stop introducing frivolous bills — that’s one representative’s proposal to colleagues in the Alaska House. Lawmakers have been in session for nearly a month, but the House took up a long-term budget fix for the first time this week. After hearing bills to allow selfies in voting booths, as well as a measure on wolf […]

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    House votes to lift Obama limits on Alaska hunting, trapping

    by Associated Press on Feb 16, 12:31

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has approved a bill to lift some Obama administration restrictions on hunting and trapping of bears, wolves and other predators on federal lands in Alaska. The Fish and Wildlife Service said last year the rule will help maintain sustainable populations of bears, wolves and coyotes on national wildlife refuges across […]

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    Budget amendments include money for fires, caseloads

    by Associated Press on Feb 15, 19:58

    Gov. Bill Walker’s administration is seeking another $15 million for firefighting costs this year and additional funding for a state agency representing defendants charged in connection with a high-profile murder case. The Office of Public Advocacy is seeking $120,000 for an increased caseload. It is representing defendants who face charges in connection with the killing […]

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    Bill to bring Uber to Alaska runs into roadblocks in Alaska Senate

    by Liz Raines on Feb 15, 19:27

    Uber and other ride-sharing networks are showing an interest in Alaska — and people in Juneau, in them. “I think it would be great, I’ve got to use it before and I think it’s really nice,” said Larry Walsh, a traveler at the Juneau International Airport. “It seems like a good, quick experience. I just […]

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    State gas pipeline agency spends $50,000 on Iditarod sponsorship

    by Liz Raines on Feb 15, 8:23

    What does the state’s proposed natural gas pipeline have to do with the Iditarod? That’s one of the questions members of the Senate Finance Committee had Tuesday for the agency marketing the mega-billion dollar project. Lawmakers are demanding more transparency from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), which now leads the Alaska liquefied natural gasline […]

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    Permanent fund restructure, income tax combo gets first hearing in Alaska House

    by Liz Raines on Feb 13, 18:45

    Lawmakers are looking to the permanent fund as a long-term solution to Alaska’s $3 billion budget shortfall. But they have different opinions on how to use it. Three proposals are up for debate. The newest one is House Bill 115, which got a first hearing in the House Finance Committee Monday. The hybrid bill, backed […]

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    Can estates include digital property? Lawmakers weigh in

    by Associated Press on Feb 12, 11:24

    In estate planning, people take stock of their possessions: houses, money, heirlooms. But what about their email accounts, social media pages and family pictures on their smartphones? Bills are pending in more than a dozen states, including Alaska, aimed at modernizing that area of law, using legislation proposed by the national Uniform Law Commission. Ben […]

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    Studded tire tax increase proposed, sponsor says funds will go toward roads

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 11, 18:13

    Buying new studded tires is a winter ritual many Alaskans perform every few years. If Senate Bill 50 becomes law, that process could become significantly more expensive. Sen. Cathy Giessel introduced the bill Monday. It would raise the tax on each studded tire from the current $5 to $75. The senator described the increase as […]

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    Borough may scrap religious invocations before meetings

    by Associated Press on Feb 11, 12:05

    An Alaska borough will consider scrapping invocations before meetings as a case challenging the policy moves through court. The Peninsula Clarion reports the third such ordinance in a year is expected to be introduced in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday. Policy currently allows invocations from members of religious organizations that have established local […]

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    Alaska House bill pitches income tax, using oil-wealth fund

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Feb 10, 11:13

    A fiscal plan proposed by Alaska House leaders would reinstitute a personal state income tax for the first time in decades and use earnings from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund to help pay for government. The measure would annually draw from fund earnings 4.75 percent of an average of the fund’s market value. One-third of the draw […]

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    Bill requiring police training on disabilities advances

    by Associated Press on Feb 10, 9:44

    Alaska lawmakers have passed a bill aimed at improving interactions between law enforcement and people with disabilities. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the House passed the legislation in a unanimous vote on Wednesday. It now goes to the Senate. Fairbanks Republican Rep. Steve Thompson drafted the bill with help from disability advocacy groups. Under […]

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    In annual address to lawmakers, Alaska chief justice urges caution with budget cuts

    by Liz Raines on Feb 08, 21:08

    Alaska’s Supreme Court is warning lawmakers that cutting too deep this session could have drastic and harmful consequences on the state’s court system. In his annual State of the Judiciary address, Chief Justice Craig Stowers urged lawmakers to take swift action on a long-term budget plan this year. Stowers said cuts made in the last […]

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    New oil tax bill sparks heated debate in Alaska House

    by Liz Raines on Feb 08, 21:02

    The Alaska House majority introduced a new bill Wednesday to scale back the state’s spending on oil tax credits — a cornerstone piece to a long-term fiscal plan, according to caucus leadership. The topic of credits pushed lawmakers into overtime in Juneau last year. Now, upon new introduction, lawmakers are headed towards gridlock with House […]

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    Anchorage’s first vote-by-mail election will not be in April as planned

    by Daniella Rivera on Feb 08, 19:51

    Anchorage’s municipal election is still a few months out, but April is approaching a little too fast for the municipality to roll out the new vote-by-mail system election officials planned to use for the first time this year. In March of last year, the Assembly approved voting by mail with the intention to start in […]

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    House bill would change Alaska oil tax credit system

    by KTVA / AP on Feb 08, 14:50

    Democratic House majority members are proposing changes to an Alaska tax credit program that financially rewards oil exploration and production but is seen by critics as too pricey amid a multibillion-dollar state deficit. House Bill 111 was introduced on behalf of the House Resources Committee by co-chairs Geran Tarr and Andy Josephson, over the objection […]

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    Anchorage police investigate break-in at Young’s congressional office

    by Associated Press on Feb 07, 11:05

    Police in Alaska’s largest city are investigating a reported break-in at U.S. Rep. Don Young’s congressional office there. Anchorage police spokeswoman Renee Oistad says no arrests have been made in the incident, which occurred last Wednesday. She says doors to some offices in the building either were pried open or efforts were made to pry […]

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    Reports show privatizing state services may cost more, not less

    by Liz Raines on Feb 06, 20:58

    In lawmakers’ quest to cut the state budget, new reports show that privatizing some services would actually cost the state money. The Senate Health and Social Services Committee reviewed feasibility studies Monday for potential privatization of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) and state juvenile justice facilities.  The studies were a requirement under Senate Bill 74, […]