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  • JUNEAU — The decision Alaska voters make on an oil-tax referendum next month could have implications for a proposed liquefied natural gas project, the senior project manager said Tuesday, a point deemed a scare tactic by one state lawmaker. In an interview, manager Steve Butt said the state and co...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:41pm
  • JUNEAU — The chief of staff for the Alaska Veterans Affairs Health Care System said last week that recruitment of doctors and nurses is one of the biggest challenges the system faces. Cynthia Joe said this challenge isn’t exclusive to the VA in Alaska. But Alaska has no medical school, and while...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:02am
  • JUNEAU — A borough that sued the state over public school funding says municipalities are “coerced” into contributing to local districts, but Alaska compares it to other programs requiring local matches for state dollars....

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:16am
  • JUNEAU — A watchdog plans to review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of a report on the potential effects of large-scale mining on a world-premier salmon fishery in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.Congressional requests and hotline complaints prompted the audit, Ashley Sellers-H...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 1:07pm
  • JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee advanced Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan for addressing the state’s pension obligation Tuesday, but the issue was not yet settled. As HB385 was moving from committee, Senate Finance was meeting on the opposite end of the fifth floor of the Capitol, discussing othe...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:01pm
  • JUNEAU — House Speaker Mike Chenault on Thursday said legislative passage of a bill to raise Alaska’s minimum wage would guarantee that wages go up, while the outcome of a similar ballot initiative would be dependent on the whim of votes. Chenault, R-Nikiski, said most lawmakers he’s spoken wi...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:53am
  • JUNEAU — The Senate Finance Committee unveiled a $1.9 billion capital budget Monday, which co-chair Kevin Meyer said was in keeping with the goal of a smaller state infrastructure budget....

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:10am
  • JUNEAU — A major shareholder of a company behind a contentious Alaska mine project on Monday announced it was giving its shares away to two Alaska charitable organizations, at least one of which belongs to a larger group that has come out publicly against the project. London-based mining company R...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:08am
  • JUNEAU — The House Rules Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would allow out-of-state residents to serve on the board of directors of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. The committee introduced HB383 at the request of House Speaker Mike Chenault, who was a lead sponsor of a measure pa...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:05am
  • JUNEAU — A House committee’s rewrite of Gov. Sean Parnell’s education bill includes additional money for schools but also a plan for addressing the teachers’ retirement system that has raised concerns with Parnell administration officials. Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell said she was very...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:46pm

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