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  • JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee on Monday proposed a $9.1 billion state operating budget, about $1.3 billion less than the authorized level of spending at the start of the current fiscal year. The proposal also is more than $3 billion less than what Gov. Sean Parnell put forth. Parnell’s pr...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:57am
  • JUNEAU — In 2010, the state adopted an energy policy that, among other things, set a goal of having 50 percent Alaska’s electric generation come from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. The likeliest way to reach the goal is widely believed to include a major project in southcentra...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:17pm
  • JUNEAU — The floor of the Alaska Senate broke into an impromptu debate over oil taxes Monday. Sen. Cathy Giessel sparked the discussion in a special order, which is when members speak on issues of their own choosing. Hers was entitled “What Could It Look Like?”...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:14pm
  • JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has come out against the proposed Pebble mine, calling the massive gold-and-copper project “the wrong mine in the wrong place for Alaska.” In a statement released by his office Monday, Begich said he has long supported Alaska’s mining industry and believes cont...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:20pm
  • JUNEAU — A government report indicates a large-scale copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region could have devastating effects on the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and adversely affect Alaska Natives, whose culture is built around salmon....

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:18pm
  • JUNEAU — Rep. Beth Kerttula announced Tuesday that she is resigning from the Alaska Legislature for a fellowship with her alma mater, Stanford University. Her resignation will take effect Friday. She said she stepped down as minority leader Tuesday, which also was the opening day of the new legisl...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:12pm
  • JUNEAU — The group behind an effort to repeal Alaska’s oil tax law raised about $34,000 during the last three months of 2013. Vote Yes-Repeal the Giveaway ended the year with nearly $23,000 on hand. For the campaign so far, the group reported raising more than $100,000, according to its latest f...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:51pm
  • JUNEAU — Bills that would ax recommended salary increases for top state officials, institute crisis training programs for schools and limit use of drones by law enforcement were among the first wave of legislation filed Friday ahead of the upcoming legislative session....

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:47pm
  • JUNEAU — News that Alaska has been chosen as a test site for the integration of drones into U.S. airspace is being welcomed by state political leaders. U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, said the initiative will bring jobs, resources and a new mission to the University of Alaska system. It also will...

    Tue, 12/31/2013 - 5:26pm
  • JUNEAU — Several new laws are taking effect in Alaska with the new year, the biggest of which centers on the state’s oil production tax. The oil-tax cut pushed by Gov. Sean Parnell and passed by lawmakers in April was the biggest legislative story of 2013 and could be one of the biggest politica...

    Tue, 12/31/2013 - 3:21pm

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