Alaska lawmakers near deal to finish budget, may adjourn session soon

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 17:58
Legislators plan Medicaid cuts, more for university as part of compromise

House and Senate negotiators reached a breakthrough compromise on the state’s operating budget Thursday, approving a $10.5 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year.

Alaska election officials respond to revealed hack attempt

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 17:57
Person accessed, but did not use, system that shares election results online; tabulation computers untouched

As the Alaska Legislature held a Thursday hearing examining the security state’s election system, the Alaska Division of Elections responded to claims that a hacker penetrated its systems on Election Day 2016.

Alcohol bill on the rocks

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 07:11
Contentious cut to brewery and distillery serving sizes may die with session’s end

A bill cutting serving sizes at the state’s breweries and distilleries appears likely to die in the Legislature this year, lawmakers said Wednesday.

Meet the new head of Alaska’s Coast Guard

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 18:48
In Wednesday Change of Command ceremony, Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister passes command to Rear Admiral Matthew T. Bell, Jr., a ‘shipboard guy’

There’s a new top official in charge of Coast Guard operations in Alaska.

Walker still opposes The Road

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 17:57
Spokesman issues statement one day after Alaska Senate moves to restore partial funding

Gov. Bill Walker has not changed his opposition to the Juneau Access road project.

Alaska Senate plans millions for Juneau road

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 18:09
Amendment to state capital construction budget would reverse last year’s de-funding move

The Alaska Senate voted 15-4 to restore funding for the Juneau Access Project Tuesday as it approved a capital construction budget that sends $21.3 million toward the effort.

Alaska Legislature passes landmark bill spending Permanent Fund

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 15:12
Measure sets limits but allows annual transfers from fund for services and dividends

In a pair of landmark votes Tuesday, the Alaska Legislature agreed to harness the Alaska Permanent Fund to the needs of state government.

Alaska lawmakers are trying to slash breweries’ serving sizes

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 21:31
House Labor and Commerce Committee approves amendment cutting limit from three glasses to two

Bill cuts limit from three glasses to two.

Alaska Senate approves work-for-Medicaid program

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:22
Bill requires volunteer work or paid labor in order to receive Medicaid; measure includes exemptions for many

In a caucus-line vote Thursday, the Alaska Senate approved a bill that would require healthy Alaskans to work or volunteer at least 20 hours per week in order to receive Medicaid health care benefits.

Alaska marijuana tax collections set another record

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 06:05
March collections again top $1 million per month

Alaska’s March marijuana tax revenue topped $1 million and set a new monthly record, according to figures released last week by the Alaska Department of Revenue.

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