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SPECTRUM: A call to leadership for Alaska - Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

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Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

SPECTRUM: A call to leadership for Alaska
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
As I discussed the difficulty the Governor was having in moving the Alaska legislature to make significant changes before we fall off the fiscal cliff, he interrupted me. He said Alaska is facing the same problem seen facing decision-makers throughout ...

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University of Alaska approves 2018 operating budget - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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Alaska Dispatch News

University of Alaska approves 2018 operating budget
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS — The University of Alaska approved its 2018 operating budget during an emergency meeting Tuesday in Fairbanks. As expected, the Alaska Legislature allocated $317 million to the university when it passed its budget last week, an $8 million ...
University of Alaska leaders approve $879 million operating budget ...Alaska Dispatch News

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Yes, the Alaska Legislature will likely quit for the summer without a fiscal plan, or even a capital budget - Alaska Dispatch News

Tue, 2017-06-27 18:33

Alaska Dispatch News

Yes, the Alaska Legislature will likely quit for the summer without a fiscal plan, or even a capital budget
Alaska Dispatch News
The Alaska Legislature, with members weary and demoralized after two months of extra work with little to show for it, is increasingly likely to take the summer off before taking up its unfinished work of righting the state's unstable finances ...

Political science majors give their two cents on fixing the Alaska Legislature - UAA Northern Light

Tue, 2017-06-27 17:33

UAA Northern Light

Political science majors give their two cents on fixing the Alaska Legislature
UAA Northern Light
The Division of Motor Vehicles, Alaska Ferries and 2.5 million fish housed at state hatcheries, according to a list released by Gov. Bill Walker, were all in danger. On June 22, however, the Alaska State Legislature passed a budget, effectively funding ...
Murkowski must keep her word on Planned ParenthoodAlaska Dispatch News
SitNews: Budget Compromise Achieved, Alaska Government ...SitNews
Voices of Alaska: It is time for leadership and compromise ...Kenai Peninsula Online

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Murkowski must keep her word on Planned Parenthood - Alaska Dispatch News

Tue, 2017-06-27 16:27

Alaska Dispatch News

Murkowski must keep her word on Planned Parenthood
Alaska Dispatch News
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski delivers her annual speech to the Alaska Legislature on Feb. 22. Murkowski, speaking in the chambers of the state House, to which she used to belong, promised to not support a “reckless” repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
SitNews: Budget Compromise Achieved, Alaska Government ...SitNews
Voices of Alaska: It is time for leadership and compromise ...Kenai Peninsula Online

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Budget Compromise Achieved, Alaska Government Shutdown Averted - SitNews

Tue, 2017-06-27 00:07

Budget Compromise Achieved, Alaska Government Shutdown Averted
SitNews
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - Averting a looming government shutdown, the Alaska State Legislature passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget late Thursday night. The compromise budget totals $4.1 billion in Unrestricted General Fund (UGF) spending ...
Voices of Alaska: It is time for leadership and compromiseKenai Peninsula Online
How to fix Alaska's fiscal problem for the long-haul (hint, it doesn't involve draining state savings accounts)Alaska Dispatch News

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Senate bill would undercut Alaska governor's authority over Medicaid expansion - Alaska Dispatch News

Mon, 2017-06-26 10:17

Alaska Dispatch News

Senate bill would undercut Alaska governor's authority over Medicaid expansion
Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") using an executive order. He based his authority on a provision in Alaska law that says the state must cover Medicaid populations that are listed as mandatory under ...
Senate Health Bill Gets a Wary Reception, From Coast to CoastNew York Times

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Legislature averts shutdown, but more work remains - Alaskajournal.com

Mon, 2017-06-26 09:44

Legislature averts shutdown, but more work remains
Alaskajournal.com
The morning after the Alaska Legislature averted a statewide shutdown, you could find more tourists than legislators in the Capitol. Though the Legislature's second special session continues, work has all but stopped as lawmakers seek to decompress ...

Keeping the ball rolling in Juneau: Legislature should build on budget passage, deal with fiscal crisis - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Sun, 2017-06-25 12:04

Kenai Peninsula Online

Keeping the ball rolling in Juneau: Legislature should build on budget passage, deal with fiscal crisis
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
With nine days to spare before a state government shutdown that would have thrown Alaska into economic chaos, legislators from the House and Senate sat down together and worked out a sensible compromise on the state budget. Alaskans' sense of relief ...
Legislature averts shutdown, but more work remainsKenai Peninsula Online
What does the Juneau delegation think of the budget deal?Juneau Empire (subscription)

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Legislature averts shutdown, but more work remains - Juneau Empire (subscription)

Sun, 2017-06-25 07:40

Juneau Empire (subscription)

Legislature averts shutdown, but more work remains
Juneau Empire (subscription)
Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai, left, Rep. Daniel Ortiz, I-Ketchikan, right, and Rep. Dean Westlake, D-Kotzebue, listen to debate on the state budget Thursday, June 23, 2017. Both the House and Senate voted to approve a budget and keep the State of Alaska ...
Keeping the ball rolling in Juneau: Legislature should build on budget passage, deal with fiscal crisisFairbanks Daily News-Miner

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Legislature averts shutdown, but more work remains - Kenai Peninsula Online

Sat, 2017-06-24 20:52

Kenai Peninsula Online

Legislature averts shutdown, but more work remains
Kenai Peninsula Online
“I think the Legislature needs to take some time off, cool down, come back together and work out solutions to the remaining issues that have to be dealt with this year.” Those issues include a capital construction budget and the state's multibillion ...

The Alaska Legislature passed a budget and avoided a government shutdown. What happens now? - Alaska Dispatch News

Sat, 2017-06-24 10:06

Alaska Dispatch News

The Alaska Legislature passed a budget and avoided a government shutdown. What happens now?
Alaska Dispatch News
For the first time, the Legislature set the amount of the Permanent Fund dividend, settling on a figure of $1,100 per Alaskan — about half of what it would be if the state followed a formula established in law. Walker veered off that course last year ...
After passing budget, Alaska Legislature takes breakKTOO
The Latest: Alaska Legislature passes state operating budgetThe Daily Progress
Alaska Legislature averts shutdown with nine days to spareKenai Peninsula Online
Skagwaynews -Alaska Public Radio Network
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What's next for the legislature after narrowly avoiding a shutdown? - Alaska Public Radio Network

Fri, 2017-06-23 17:44

Alaska Public Radio Network

What's next for the legislature after narrowly avoiding a shutdown?
Alaska Public Radio Network
The Legislature avoided a state government shutdown by passing an operating budget on Thursday, eight days before the deadline. But they haven't addressed the capital budget, or other important issues facing the state's future. To discuss this, Alaska ...
After passing budget, Alaska Legislature takes breakKTOO
Alaska Legislature averts shutdown with nine days to spareKenai Peninsula Online
The Latest: Alaska Legislature passes state operating budgetThe Daily Progress
Skagwaynews -Alaska Dispatch News
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After passing budget, Alaska Legislature takes break - KTOO

Fri, 2017-06-23 16:49

KTOO

After passing budget, Alaska Legislature takes break
KTOO
House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, center, was among the lawmakers who gathered after the House passed the operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The move avoided a state government shutdown, but left other major items unresolved. (Photo by ...
Alaska Legislature averts shutdown with nine days to spareKenai Peninsula Online
The Latest: Alaska Legislature passes state operating budgetThe Daily Progress
Alaska Legislature approves state budgetSkagwaynews
Alaska Dispatch News -Alaska Public Radio Network
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Legislature passes bill to fight opioid epidemic - Juneau Empire (subscription)

Fri, 2017-06-23 15:23

Juneau Empire (subscription)

Legislature passes bill to fight opioid epidemic
Juneau Empire (subscription)
Bill Walker, is part of the state's effort to fight a surge in the number of deaths linked to opioid overdoses and was approved 29-10 shortly after the House approved a shutdown-averting budget deal. The Alaska Senate approved the bill during the ...

Alaska's Kuskokwim King Salmon Numbers Mimic Historic Lows - U.S. News & World Report

Fri, 2017-06-23 06:16

Alaska's Kuskokwim King Salmon Numbers Mimic Historic Lows
U.S. News & World Report
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Statistics from the Bethel Test Fishery show king salmon numbers this year are similar to 2012 and 2013 numbers that were minimized by a population crash. KYUK-AM reports (http://bit.ly/2rYPtft ) anglers caught about 10,000 kings ...

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Alaska lawmakers approve budget compromise to avert government shutdown - Alaska Dispatch News

Thu, 2017-06-22 23:27

Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska lawmakers approve budget compromise to avert government shutdown
Alaska Dispatch News
"Because of the looming shutdown of government that has been portrayed in many different ways and affecting just about every citizen of Alaska, from commercial fisheries shut down to people's marriages to a slew of other events that would affect people ...
Alaska legislature works to avoid government shutdown ...Petersburg Pilot
Alaska legislature works to avoid government shutdownWrangellsentinel
Lawmakers reach deal to avert shutdownJuneau Empire (subscription)
Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog) -Kenai Peninsula Online
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Alaska Legislature averts shutdown with nine days to spare - Juneau Empire (subscription)

Thu, 2017-06-22 22:36

Juneau Empire (subscription)

Alaska Legislature averts shutdown with nine days to spare
Juneau Empire (subscription)
According to the nonpartisan Legislative Finance Division, the compromise budget cuts $64.4 million in unrestricted general fund money from the current fiscal year. UGF figures are closely watched by deficit hawks. That's the category of spending that ...
Alaska legislature works to avoid government shutdown ...Petersburg Pilot
Senate approves budget with no cuts to schools, $1100 PFDsAlaska Dispatch News
Alaska legislature works to avoid government shutdownWrangellsentinel
Modesto Bee -Kenai Peninsula Online -Homer Tribune
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The Latest: Alaska Legislature passes state operating budget - The Daily Progress

Thu, 2017-06-22 22:33

Juneau Empire (subscription)

The Latest: Alaska Legislature passes state operating budget
The Daily Progress
Alaska's Republican-led Senate majority has lost another member. Palmer Sen. Shelley Hughes announced her decision to leave the caucus during debate on a proposed state operating budget. Hughes votes against the proposal. Hughes' departure leaves ...
Alaska Legislature averts shutdown with nine days to spareJuneau Empire (subscription)
Alaska lawmakers approve budget compromise to avert government shutdownAlaska Dispatch News
Legislature passes budget compromise to avert shutdownAlaska Public Radio Network
Petersburg Pilot -Alaskajournal.com
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The Latest: Alaska Legislature passes state operating budget - Miami Herald

Thu, 2017-06-22 22:14

KTVA.com - Anchorage, Alaska

The Latest: Alaska Legislature passes state operating budget
Miami Herald
The Latest on the Alaska special legislative session (all times local):. 10:10 p.m.. The Alaska Legislature, motivated to avert a government shutdown, has passed a budget to fund state operations for another year. Approval came seven days into a ...
The Latest: Walker urges action on Alaska's oil tax creditsBryan-College Station Eagle

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