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  • JUNEAU — Alaska’s highest court ruled Friday that an initiative seeking to restrict large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region seriously impedes a regulatory process set out in state law and is unenforceable. The Alaska Supreme Court affirmed a lower-court ruling in litigation over the initiat...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:18am
  • JUNEAU — It took two special sessions for Alaska legislators to agree to a budget after a crash in oil prices contributed to a severe reduction in the state’s available revenue. Barring a huge rebound in oil prices, things aren’t expected to get much easier next session. While legislators made...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:36am
  • JUNEAU — Nearly 10,000 state employees were set to receive layoff notices as the legislative impasse over a state spending plan wore on Monday. Gov. Bill Walker went so far as to offer the services of a mediator to help lawmakers come to terms....

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:31am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker said Tuesday that he doesn’t agree with legislators about moving the special session from Juneau to Anchorage but won’t take steps to block them. Walker said his highest priority is getting a funded budget, and he doesn’t want to spend valuable time blocking or figh...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:30pm
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would temporarily restrict participation by a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline project proposed by Gov. Bill Walker. The vote followed a failed attempt by legislative leaders and Walker to reach an agreement. The vote wa...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:28pm
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker said he will introduce legislation to overhaul and expand the Medicaid system in Alaska. Walker, who campaigned on expanding Medicaid coverage, discussed his plans during a news conference Tuesday, surrounded by supporters. He and others wore blue buttons reading: “It...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:00pm
  • JUNEAU — Alaska’s minimum wage increased to $8.75 an hour Tuesday, giving a pay increase to thousands of workers. Voters in November overwhelmingly approved raising the minimum wage from $7.75 per hour to $8.75 per hour, effective Jan. 1. Because the state constitution calls for ballot measures ...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:03pm
  • JUNEAU — President Barack Obama has proposed $1 million in funding and a change in scope for the office of federal coordinator of Alaska natural gas projects. But the proposal, for the budget year starting Oct. 1, doesn’t change plans for the office to close around the end of this month, federal...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:13pm
  • JUNEAU — State Revenue department officials told lawmakers Monday that the tax credits that were a source of contention in an opinion piece by Gov. Bill Walker are being paid primarily to small explorers or those developing new oil and gas fields in Alaska....

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:17pm
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker’s administration asked for and received state transportation commissioner Patrick Kemp’s resignation Monday following Kemp’s defense of his department’s pursuit of the Juneau access road, a Walker spokeswoman said Monday. Spokeswoman Grace Jang said Walker insists...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:55am

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