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Voices of the Peninsula: Permanent Fund earnings should be part of budget solution

...responsibly together, as Alaskans, we can avoid turning our current fiscal crisis into a long-term economic crisis. Mike Navarre is mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. He served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1985 through 1996.
Falling oil prices gouge state budget deeper

...dipped below $39 per barrel for the first time in six years, state revenue commissioner Randall Hoffbeck told the Alaska House Finance Committee that the decline is exacerbating the state's budget problems.The state's budget is based on...
Appreciation for the hand that feed us.

...Alaska," said Alaska's senior Senator Lisa Murkowski who annually attends Industry Appreciation Day.Speaker of the Alaska House Mike Chenault and State Senator Peter Micciche celebrate Industry Appreciation Day every year by buying a 4-H locally...
Voices of Alaska: Don't let fear lead to bad decisions

...constitution fundamental principle. We cannot allow ourselves to be duped into agreeing to a personal income tax or a raid of PFDs because of false guilt.Rep. Wes Keller represents House District 10 in the Alaska House of Representatives.
What others say: Despite likely political backlash, securing care and funding overdue act during their regular session and two special sessions called afterward, won't likely win him friends in the Alaska House and Senate majority caucuses. But providing a health care option for 20,000 of the state's most at-risk residents...
Voices of Alaska: Taking a stand

...our constitutional process. Today we stand to defend the power of the purse. Rep. Mike Chenault is Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives. Sen. Kevin Meyer is President of the Alaska Senate.
What others say: Lawmakers should share in state's budget cuts

...On the front page of today's issue, state reporter Katie Moritz outlines the top 10 highest-paid workers in the Alaska House and the Alaska Senate. If we're talking about significant budget cuts, we suggest lawmakers start looking around...
Gov. Bill Walker veto means layoff notices could loom

...Tuck said minority members would not support using the Permanent Fund earnings reserve account.Also on Monday, the Alaska House and Senate announced they plan to start holding floor sessions in Anchorage, starting Thursday.A handful of House...
What others say: Compromise is a worthwhile gamble

...a lack of it.The Democratic-led minority in the Alaska House didn't compromise last week or on Monday. Rather...through late fall.The Republican-led majority in the Alaska House didn't compromise last week or on Monday. Rather...
Walker calls joint legislative session for appointments

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker signed an executive proclamation Wednesday calling the Alaska House and Senate into joint session to take up consideration of his new Cabinet-level appointments and appointments to boards and commissions...


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