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Consultant raises concerns about Alaska gas project

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Gov. Walker proposes pay freeze for non-union state employees

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Governor, lawmakers find common ground on one issue: Alaska's heroin epidemic

Alaska Politics

Governor renews demand for fiscal fix, unveils plan to combat opioid epidemic

Alaska Politics

Watch: Gov. Walker gives 2017 State of the State address

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    Consultant raises concerns about Alaska gas project

    by Associated Press on Jan 22, 12:34

    A legislative consultant is raising red flags about Alaska taking the lead on a major proposed liquefied natural gas project, even as Gov. Bill Walker has said he’s comfortable with it. Legislators are scheduled to hear a project update Monday. In a recent report to lawmakers, consultant Nikos Tsafos outlined challenges threatening the project’s potential […]

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    Gov. Walker proposes pay freeze for non-union state employees

    by KTVA / AP on Jan 20, 15:28

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has proposed freezing his own salary, along with the salaries of the lieutenant governor, legislators and state department heads. It’s part of a broader bill that would freeze non-union state-worker pay for two years, beginning in July. The bill also would allow the governor to waive any portion of the governor’s […]

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    Governor, lawmakers find common ground on one issue: Alaska’s heroin epidemic

    by Liz Raines on Jan 19, 20:56

    It’s only the third day of the 2017 legislative session, but already the dialogue in Juneau has been dominated by the state’s budget problem — a $3 billion shortfall, according to Gov. Bill Walker. Lawmakers and the governor may not agree on how to fix the state’s finances, but there is one issue they say […]

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    Governor renews demand for fiscal fix, unveils plan to combat opioid epidemic

    by Liz Raines on Jan 19, 0:09

    Gov. Bill Walker’s State of the State address Wednesday was similar to his speech last year. It was serious, mainly focused on the budget, but did prompt a few laughs, like when he told lawmakers about an incident from his youth where he had to drive home to Valdez from Delta Junction in reverse. For […]

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    Watch: Gov. Walker gives 2017 State of the State address

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 18, 18:40

      State of the State Address Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. Watch archive video of Gov. Bill Walker’s remarks from the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau. Read a full transcript of the governor’s speech below. Web stream provided by 360 North/Gavel Alaska.   Facing Our Challenges, Working the Problem—Together The State of the State Address Governor […]

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    New Alaska Legislature starts session with fresh faces, old problems

    by Liz Raines on Jan 17, 20:16

    A new Legislature met in Juneau Tuesday to start work on closing the state’s yawning fiscal gap. The first day of a legislative session in the Alaska State Capitol feels a lot like the first day of school. Some of last year’s members have graduated and moved on, while a new class of freshman lawmakers […]

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    Optimism, eagerness among Alaska’s newest legislators

    by Associated Press on Jan 16, 13:52

    Among Alaska’s newest legislators, there is optimism and an eagerness to get to work on addressing the state’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit. Rep.-elect George Rauscher of Sutton says he’s “pretty jazzed” about the legislative session opening Tuesday. Rauscher, who last year upset incumbent Rep. Jim Colver, a fellow Republican, says he anticipates legislators getting something accomplished […]

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    Alaska legislators see urgency in budget work but face rifts

    by Associated Press on Jan 15, 11:39

    Alaska legislators agree on the need to address the state’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit. But rifts remain over how best to do that, with divisions forming over taxes, how much to keep cutting spending and whether the state needs to tinker with Alaskans’ beloved yearly oil wealth check. A new 90-day legislative session begins Tuesday. Many […]

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    Conflict of interest, corporate tax bills proposed in Alaska

    by Associated Press on Jan 13, 14:40

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – An incoming Alaska lawmaker has proposed legislation he says is aimed at greater transparency. The bill, from Rep.-elect Jason Grenn, relates to potential conflicts of interest and is among the measures released Friday ahead of the new legislative session, which starts Tuesday. Grenn, an Anchorage independent, says the bill will need […]

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    How the Anchorage district attorney’s office is doing more with less

    by Liz Raines on Jan 11, 20:34

    Anchorage saw a record number of homicides in 2016. The 34 murders have meant more work for Anchorage police, but also for the district attorney’s office at a time when the office is already downsizing because of budget cuts. Dozens of case files and a handful of hearings are all in a day’s work for […]

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    Gov. Bill Walker hires political campaign consultant as special assistant

    by Liz Raines on Jan 10, 20:36

    You may soon see a young face by Gov. Bill Walker’s side, starting at the end of this month. Walker is hiring political consultant and campaign strategist John-Henry Heckendorn as his special assistant. The 26-year-old has worked in Alaska for five years and is the director of the political consulting firm Ship Creek Group. Heckendorn […]

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    First wave of pre-filed bills highlights issues for debate this session

    by Liz Raines on Jan 09, 20:21

    The first round of pre-filed bills was released Monday ahead of the start of the 2017 legislative session. Among the 52 proposed pieces of legislation are bills in both the Alaska House and Senate to restore Permanent Fund Dividend checks to their original amount — $2,044 — before Gov. Bill Walker used his veto power […]

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    Bills to restore dividend among those filed before session

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Jan 09, 11:31

    Bills to restore the portion of Alaska Permanent Fund dividends vetoed last year by Gov. Bill Walker have been filed ahead of the start of the legislative session. Other legislation released Monday includes a bill that faltered last year that would provide survivor benefits for families of peace officers and firefighters. Proposed, too, are bills […]

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    Alaska vows to address Obama land plan with Trump

    by Associated Press on Jan 05, 17:18

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is vowing to work with the President-elect Donald Trump to address what Walker sees as an adverse land management plan for the eastern portion of interior Alaska approved in the waning days of the Obama administration. The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday announced the plan to […]

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    House, Senate leadership spar over oil tax credits prior to session

    by Liz Raines on Jan 05, 15:52

    The first round of new bills from lawmakers hasn’t been released yet, but tension over oil taxes is already rising. Speaking in front of the Resource Development Council Thursday morning, incoming House Majority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, and Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, painted very different portraits of what they expect from the upcoming legislative […]

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    Former lawmakers, political activists launch group to block PFD restructure

    by Liz Raines on Jan 03, 19:02

    They call themselves the Permanent Fund Defenders. The 12-member grassroots group is made up of former lawmakers and political activists whose New Year’s resolution is to convince lawmakers not to vote for Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to restructure the Permanent Fund Dividend program this session. Walker introduced a bill at that end last month as […]

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    The year in review: 2016, a new era in Alaska Politics

    by Liz Raines on Dec 28, 19:25

    This was a year of firsts and the start of a new era in Alaska politics. Low oil prices lead to discussions that will shape the path of our state moving forward. Alaska faced its biggest financial challenge since statehood, with a multi-billion dollar gap between the amount of money the state brought in from oil […]

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    New Alaska House Majority announces plan to streamline budget process

    by Liz Raines on Dec 28, 11:35

    Each year lawmakers grapple with how to structure the state’s annual operating budget, which often pushes them into working overtime in Juneau, but the new Alaska House Majority says it has a plan to keep legislators on track for a 90-day session this year. Lawmakers work through an extensive process to determine how much money […]

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    State employees union files grievance over Governor Walker’s plan to privatize DOT jobs

    by Daniella Rivera on Dec 27, 22:35

    Updated at 11:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28 Gov. Bill Walker is facing more pushback over his proposed budget for next year, this time in the form of a grievance a state employees union has filed. Staff members of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ design department are responsible for designing construction projects […]

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    Alaska Legislature expected to address alcohol law revision

    by Associated Press on Dec 26, 13:01

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A Soldotna state senator is expected to again push for reforms in Alaska’s alcohol laws when the legislature convenes. The Juneau Empire reports Republican Peter Micciche in 2014 introduced legislation to make changes. The issue is expected to come up again in 2017. The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and interested […]