Delegation continues work, differs on pay

JUNEAU — Members of Alaska’s congressional delegation have continued to work during the partial federal government shutdown but differ on whether they should be paid.

A spokesman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski says Murkowski is suspending her pay during the shutdown and believes she should receive the same treatment as staff members who are working.

A spokeswoman for Sen. Mark Begich says he plans to donate his pay during the shutdown to charity. Spokeswoman Rachel Barinbaum says he’s also supporting legislation that would prevent members of Congress from being paid during a shutdown.

Rep. Don Young plans to continue collecting his pay. Young spokesman, Michael Anderson, says Young believes all federal workers should be paid and has signed onto legislation that would ensure federal employees furloughed during the shutdown would receive retroactive pay.

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Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:26

Police & Fire for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement and public safety agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent. Anyone with information about a crime can report a tip anonymously to juneaucrimeline.com.

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Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:13

This day in Juneau history: Feb. 19

On Feb. 19, 1987, Gov. Steve Cowper and the Alaska Legislature formed a budget plan for the upcoming year. The House Finance Committee passed a bill giving Gov. Cowper permission to spend the $428 million reserve fund, and representatives described meetings with Gov. Cowper “wonderful”.

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Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:11

Libraries accepting food for fines

The Juneau Public Libraries are accepting food donations to pay off library fines during the entire month of February.

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Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:12

Senate Bill 54 aims to roll back some provisions of criminal justice reform

Changes to Senate Bill 91 — a controversial bill was enacted last summer in an effort to reduce Alaska’s prison population — are being rolled out as part of Senate Bill 54, introduced on the floor on Feb. 10.

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