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Voices of Alaska: Taking a stand

...appropriating millions outside the limits of 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: Walker's tax credit cut a fair move

...When prices are high, there's more than enough money to go around. But these are not those times.Very few in the Alaska Senate's and House's Republican-led Majority were willing to tackle the tax credit dilemma despite cries by the Minority...
Alaska Senate, House approve fully funded budget

ANCHORAGE - After months of negotiations, the Alaska Legislature on Thursday approved a $5 billion budget that reduces spending while tapping the state's reserves to help with multibillion-dollar deficits brought on by low oil prices.
What others say: Lawmakers should share in state's budget cuts'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 their desks.According...
Layoff notices prepared as budget debate continues

...Monday. Gov. Bill Walker went so far as to offer the services of a mediator to help lawmakers come to terms.The Alaska Senate on Monday passed a version of the budget similar to what lawmakers passed in late April as a way to force negotiations...
What others say: More questions than answers

...people who threaten others with a firearm aren't given a paid vacation. But most people also don't work in the Alaska Senate.It became known recently that Deborah Grundmann, a staffer to Sen. Charlie Huggins and one of the Alaska Legislature's...
Fish board remains to be filled

...for Kenai River king salmon. In 2014, Kramer advocated establishing a professional Board of Fisheries before the Alaska Senate Resources Committee. "It has become apparent to many that our current Board of Fish process does not possess the...
Kenai vape shop may face problems from smoking bill

...Jamie Chilton co-owns the Kenai e-cigarette store High Voltage Vapes, said that she supports most provisions of an Alaska Senate bill to prohibit smoking in public places. Senate Bill 1, which includes vaping under its definition of smoking...
Senate passes bill changing marijuana crime laws

JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate on Monday got closer to having state statutes reflect what remains illegal after Alaska voters legalized limited recreational marijuana...
Alaska Senate approves budget; proposal now goes to House

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - State lawmakers looked to end the extended legislative session Monday amid a still-unsettled budget. The Senate voted Monday morning to accept a budget proposal, but the state government could be left with just partial funding if House Democrats don't offer their support.


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