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Alaska lawmakers approve $3.5 million project for public access, air system at their Anchorage offices - Alaska Dispatch News

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Alaska lawmakers approve $3.5 million project for public access, air system at their Anchorage offices
Alaska Dispatch News
It will result in an "adequate" legislative information office — the space for visitors and people giving public testimony — but none of the work is for "comfort for the legislators in the other floors of the building," said Senate Majority Leader ...

Tough in the legislature? That's nothing compared to the 'friendly skies' - Must Read Alaska (blog)

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Must Read Alaska (blog)

Tough in the legislature? That's nothing compared to the 'friendly skies'
Must Read Alaska (blog)
Meanwhile, as legislators debated “To Tax or Not to Tax”, storm troopers from the Chicago airport police hauled a passenger off an airplane after he refused to give up his seat for a “dead-heading” United Airlines crew member. The passenger, Dr. David ...

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Mat-Su Borough Assembly asked for more school funding - Alaska Public Radio Network

Fri, 2017-04-28 16:20

Alaska Public Radio Network

Mat-Su Borough Assembly asked for more school funding
Alaska Public Radio Network
With the borough in a position where it cannot increase education funding without cutting elsewhere, Mayor Vern Halter believes it's critical that the Alaska Legislature not carry through with a proposed five-percent cut to schools as proposed by the ...

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Alaska Legislature Defies Governor's Call to Weigh Nominees - U.S. News & World Report

Thu, 2017-04-27 14:41

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Alaska Legislature Defies Governor's Call to Weigh Nominees
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Alaska Legislature Defies Governor's Call to Weigh Nominees. Alaska legislators led by Republicans in both houses have defied Gov. Bill Walker's call to take confirmation votes on his appointments to boards, commissions and administration posts ...
Alaska Legislature defies Walker's call to weigh nomineesKTOO
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Fundamental debate is over what we want Alaska to beAlaska Dispatch News
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Alaska Legislature defies Walker's call to weigh nominees - KTOO

Thu, 2017-04-27 11:53

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Alaska Legislature defies Walker's call to weigh nominees
KTOO
This comes after Alaska's Senate refused House requests to meet in joint session to consider confirmations. Walker issued a proclamation Wednesday calling the Legislature into joint session Thursday. He cited two constitutional provisions as giving him ...
21 days left to strike a dealJuneau Empire (subscription)
Fundamental debate is over what we want Alaska to beAlaska Dispatch News
Former Alaska senator works on Permanent Fund repeal planThe Daily Progress
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An Alaska we can all believe in - Juneau Empire (subscription)

Thu, 2017-04-27 07:26

An Alaska we can all believe in
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But since 2013 the Alaska Legislature has cut over 40 percent from the state's budget. We have the second smallest per capita budget in the past 42 years, when adjusted for inflation. The Senate effectively conceded there's not a ton more waste to cut ...

21 days left to strike a deal - Juneau Empire (subscription)

Thu, 2017-04-27 00:08

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21 days left to strike a deal
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That's what the Alaska Legislature is going through right now. The 60 members of the Legislature — 40 in the House and 20 in the Senate — all see the same obstacle, the state's $2.8 billion deficit. When it comes to feeding that deficit, almost ...
Fundamental debate is over what we want Alaska to beAlaska Dispatch News
Alaska Governor Tries to Force Lawmakers to Weigh NomineesU.S. News & World Report
Eight of the biggest questions about bringing an income tax back to ...KTUU.com
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Fundamental debate is over what we want Alaska to be - Alaska Dispatch News

Wed, 2017-04-26 18:21

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Fundamental debate is over what we want Alaska to be
Alaska Dispatch News
The Senate effectively conceded there's not a ton more waste to cut to fill a $2.6 billion budget deficit, with dwindling savings, when they aimed the bulk of their proposed budget cuts at public schools and other Alaska priorities. Many legislators of ...
Eight of the biggest questions about bringing an income tax back to AlaskaKTUU.com
Alaska Senate reluctantly examines income taxJuneau Empire (subscription)

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Alaska governor tries to force lawmakers to weigh nominees - Miami Herald

Wed, 2017-04-26 16:46

Alaska Native News

Alaska governor tries to force lawmakers to weigh nominees
Miami Herald
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation Wednesday, seeking to force lawmakers to act on his appointments to boards, commissions and key administration posts. The proclamation calls for a joint session of the Legislature Thursday to vote on Walker ...
Governor Walker Announces Overhaul of State IT ServicesAlaska Native News

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Alaska governor tries to force lawmakers to weigh nominees - The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Wed, 2017-04-26 16:46

Alaska governor tries to force lawmakers to weigh nominees
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation Wednesday, seeking to force lawmakers to act on his appointments to boards, commissions and key administration posts. The proclamation calls for a joint session of the Legislature Thursday to vote on Walker ...

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Alaska Governor Tries to Force Lawmakers to Weigh Nominees - U.S. News & World Report

Wed, 2017-04-26 13:25

Alaska Governor Tries to Force Lawmakers to Weigh Nominees
U.S. News & World Report
Alaska Governor Tries to Force Lawmakers to Weigh Nominees. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has issued a proclamation calling the state Legislature into joint session Thursday to consider his appointments to boards, commissions and key administration posts.

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Referendum effort looms over plan to use Fund earnings - Alaskajournal.com

Wed, 2017-04-26 12:59

Referendum effort looms over plan to use Fund earnings
Alaskajournal.com
Both houses of the Legislature have now passed a version of Gov. Bill Walker's plan to restructure the Permanent Fund and reduce the amount available for dividends. If Walker signs such a bill, one of Alaska's political icons is prepping to repeal it.

Alaska Journal | GUEST COMMENTARY: An Alaska we can all ... - Alaskajournal.com

Wed, 2017-04-26 12:59

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Alaska Journal | GUEST COMMENTARY: An Alaska we can all ...
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The debate in Juneau is about what kind of state we want to live in. I want an Alaska we can all believe in, not one where too many of our neighbors are talking ...
Eight of the biggest questions about bringing an income tax back to AlaskaKTUU.com
Alaska Senate reluctantly examines income taxJuneau Empire (subscription)
Senators give cool reception to income tax billKTOO

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Governor Walker Announces Overhaul of State IT Services | Alaska ... - Alaska Native News

Wed, 2017-04-26 12:28

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Governor Walker Announces Overhaul of State IT Services | Alaska ...
Alaska Native News
Bill Vajda, Governor Walker's choice to head Office of Information Technology. Image-State of Alaska. JUNEAU – As a part of his effort to create greater ...

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Improve rights for disabled - Juneau Empire (subscription)

Wed, 2017-04-26 05:46

Improve rights for disabled
Juneau Empire (subscription)
It would be beneficial if the state legislature would improve the rights for the disabled. Alaska is about 30 years behind best practice in adopting fair rights. Individuals with a developmental disability, mental illness and individuals in crisis ...

Alaska Senate advances oil tax bill, but leaves out some of the pieces proposed by the House - Alaska Dispatch News

Mon, 2017-04-24 21:31

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Alaska Senate advances oil tax bill, but leaves out some of the pieces proposed by the House
Alaska Dispatch News
The Senate's proposal cuts the subsidies even more than the House's bill, because it would also eliminate the program for so-called "Middle Earth" — south of the North Slope and north of Southcentral Alaska, where it's being used by Alaska Native ...
Senate rewrites House oil tax billAlaskajournal.com
House, Senate wait for other to act on conference committeesAlaska Public Radio Network
Report: Labor, Management at Odds Over Proposed Independent Contractor DefinitionWorkCompCentral (subscription)

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Anchorage, Mat-Su education leaders decry Senate's proposed cuts - Alaska Dispatch News

Mon, 2017-04-24 20:28

Alaska Dispatch News

Anchorage, Mat-Su education leaders decry Senate's proposed cuts
Alaska Dispatch News
In Juneau, the Alaska Legislature has still not agreed on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, including how to close a nearly $3 billion state deficit and at what level to fund public schools. Gov. Bill Walker and the Democrat-dominated House ...
State educators team up to keep funding the sameKTUU.com

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Alaska House leader schedules unusual meeting on batch of bills from state Senate - Alaska Dispatch News

Mon, 2017-04-24 18:25

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Alaska House leader schedules unusual meeting on batch of bills from state Senate
Alaska Dispatch News
JUNEAU — The Alaska House Rules Committee hasn't held a hearing on a single bill this year, though that's normal for a committee that rarely sees action, barring some kind of legislative emergency. But on Wednesday, the committee will meet to consider ...
House, Senate wait for other to act on conference committeesAlaska Public Radio Network
Report: Labor, Management at Odds Over Proposed Independent Contractor DefinitionWorkCompCentral (subscription)

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A novel idea: Let the voters decide - Must Read Alaska (blog)

Mon, 2017-04-24 14:24

A novel idea: Let the voters decide
Must Read Alaska (blog)
As the Alaska Legislature winds down to its 120-day constitutionally set window, most of us are focused on what is happening with the statewide budget and how it will impact our state and communities. In other action, however, two legislative anti ...

This week in Juneau: Slow going as Alaska lawmakers enter second week of overtime - Alaska Dispatch News

Mon, 2017-04-24 12:43

Alaska Dispatch News

This week in Juneau: Slow going as Alaska lawmakers enter second week of overtime
Alaska Dispatch News
Okay, actually, good morning from Anchorage, where I'm putting the finishing touches on this newsletter before hopping on a plane back to the capital city. I took a couple of days away from Juneau at the end of last week, much like many legislators did ...

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