Alaska Legislature unlikely to pass additional school funding

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 06:31
House passes bill to boost payments by $100 per student, but Senate rejects concept

Though Alaskans rallied in the rain outside the Alaska State Capitol on Saturday, urging the Alaska Legislature to boost funding for education this year, it appears unlikely that will happen.

House struggles could risk Permanent Fund Corp. in long term

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:11
As session nears end, no deal yet to protect state investments

As session nears end, no deal yet to protect state investments.

House prepares to vote on school funding boost

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 12:16
Measure would increase state deficit but reduce class sizes and allow districts to keep more teachers

Correction: The first version of this article mis-stated the bill number for the funding increase. It is HB 339, not 399.

Alaska Senate votes to spend Permanent Fund to balance portion of state deficit

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:18
Senators agree with House on dividend amount, size of draw from fund

Editor’s note: This story has been updated. The prior version of this story is appended below.

Mines dumping money into campaign against Stand for Salmon

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 10:38
Opposition group Stand for Alaska raises $2 million in first quarter, roughly 10 times more than initiative proponents

The Stand for Salmon ballot initiative — set for a November statewide ballot — is swimming upstream against a first-quarter flood of money from mining and oil and gas groups.

Legislature says goodbye to Egan with cake, memories

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:04
Ahead of session’s end, lawmakers and staff hold retirement party for Juneau’s senator

“Thank you very much for the honor of inviting us here, and thank you from me, for the opportunity to serve you,” Egan said.

Juneau Rep. Kito splits with Alaska House’s majority coalition

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 09:44
Juneau Democrat’s departure leaves majority with bare minimum needed to do business

The breaking point appears to be Senate Bill 63.

Antismoking bill advances in Alaska House

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 15:28
Chief critic offers ‘opt-out’ clause for communities

Senate Bill 63 would prohibit smoking in most public places across Alaska.

Lawmakers approve Walker’s new cabinet but balk at board nominee with Planned Parenthood background

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 17:34
Kenni Linden of Palmer is the only person rejected by Legislature’s joint session

The Alaska Legislature approved Gov. Bill Walker’s picks for his cabinet in a Tuesday joint session of the House and Senate, but it balked at the appointment of a former Planned Parenthood employee to the board governing Alaska’s midwives.

Alaska House votes to boost access to birth control

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 08:09
HB 25 requires insurers to cover contraceptives and allows yearlong prescriptions instead of three-month limit

HB 25 requires insurers to cover contraceptives and allows yearlong prescriptions instead of three-month limit.

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