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Alaska Politics

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

Alaska Politics

After drawn-out fight, budget quietly passes Alaska House

Alaska Politics

Alaska Senate passes bill to allow Uber, Lyft in Alaska

Alaska Politics

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

Alaska Politics

What your vote means for Proposition 8

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    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 […]

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    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. […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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, […]

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    Alaska House changes its mind on cutting per diem

    by Liz Raines on Mar 16, 13:18

    Last updated at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 The Alaska House’s Democrat-led majority has changed its mind about adjusting its own per diem rates this year. After hours of debate, the Alaska House voted 32 to five to slash funding in the budget for the payments. A later vote approved the measure by 34 to […]

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

    by Liz Raines on Mar 15, 19:35

    For the second year in a row, the Alaska Senate has passed a measure to use the Alaska permanent fund as an endowment for state services, drawing an amount from earnings that is based on a percentage of the fund’s market value. The Senate approved a modified version of Gov. Bill Walker’s Senate Bill 26 with […]

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    Assembly member challenges borough’s invocation policy

    by Associated Press on Mar 15, 14:58

    A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member is challenging a clause in a legal nonprofit’s contract in order to defend the borough in an ongoing lawsuit over the assembly’s invocation policy. The Peninsula Clarion reports that Assembly member Willy Dunne, of Homer, filed a civil complaint on Thursday asking for a temporary injunction that would allow […]

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    While Seavey speeds to Iditarod finish, lawmakers slog on with budget work

    by Liz Raines on Mar 14, 22:41

    While Tuesday marked a speedy finish for Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher Mitch Seavey with a record-breaking victory, the day slogged on for lawmakers in Juneau.  “I wish I could have been there to see Mitch Seavey’s record-shattering finish, but I know Nome made him and his dog team feel welcome,” Nome Rep. Neal […]

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    Alaska House passes bill extending medical coverage for families of fallen officers, firefighters

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 13, 20:05

    The Alaska House unanimously passed a bill Monday extending medical benefits for the families of Alaska law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. House Bill 23 would create a special fund through the Alaska Department of Public Safety that would ensure continued health care coverage for the spouses and children of […]

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    2 months in, 2 critical bills up for consideration in Alaska House, Senate

    by Liz Raines on Mar 13, 15:59

    Eight weeks into the legislative session, the Alaska House and Senate are poised to take up two pivotal bills: one to use permanent fund earnings to pay for state services and another to approve spending for next year’s state operating budget. Lengthy debate is expected on both measures. On Monday, the Alaska Senate took up […]

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    ID card, smoking bills among under-the-radar proposals

    by Associated Press on Mar 12, 11:16

    With much of the attention this session on addressing Alaska’s multibillion-dollar budget, several bills that could affect residents or their businesses have flown a bit under the radar. One of them involves identification cards. Alaska has a law, passed in 2008, barring state agencies from spending money to help implement national proof-of-identity standards, known as […]