SEATTLE - As the U.S. Coast Guard moves to assert its federal authority over maritime issues, officials in Washington, Alaska and other states are concerned by what it may mean for states' rights in preventing and preparing for oil spills.
While the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will see more money to help close its funding gap thanks to an increase in state appropriations, district administrators still have questions about funding and other aspects of House Bill 278 passed by lawmakers. The Legislature increased the Base Student Allocation - the per-student funding method - by $150 for fiscal year 2015 and by $50 for each of the following two years.
A little over three years ago, the Department of Natural Resources recognized that the status quo for permitting wasn't working.
The Parnell administration remains committed to growing opportunity for Alaskans. As we look ahead to 2014, our economists forecast Alaska adding 1,500 jobs - 2,400 new private sector jobs, diminished some by a decline of 900 government jobs.
Officials in several Alaska municipal governments have begun expressing concern about how their respective communities have been left out of the natural gas pipeline talks between the administration of Gov.
A proposed bill that Gov. Sean Parnell intended to streamline permitting on state lands and waters ran into a buzz saw of opposition in hearings held last week in Soldotna and Homer by Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna.
ConocoPhillips on Wednesday filed for a permit to resume exports of liquefied natural gas from their Kenai facility in the Nikiski industrial area.
Over the next 11 months Alaskans will be inundated with opinions and arguments on just what the More Alaska Production Act, as SB 21 has become known which is the oil and gas production tax passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Parnell, will or won't accomplish. A petition to repeal the bill has received enough signatures and will be put to the voters at the August primary election. Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue Bruce Tangeman recently was on the Peninsula to address the issue before the Kenai Chapter of The Alliance.
When it comes to the M/V Tustumena's long-overdue return to service, absence is not only making hearts of Seldovia residents grow fonder, it also has created a hardship for residents and businesses in communities the state ferry serves.
...rate, and that hasn't been the case for much of Alaska over the last several years.Dianne Blumer is commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
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