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Tough budget decisions remain in Alaska

...sticking points as lawmakers grappled with the budget last session. Minority Democrats also held out to reverse or lessen cuts in other areas. Support from House Democrats was needed to access a budget reserve fund to cover costs.The spending...
Walker reduces amount available for oil tax credits certificates presented exceeded that amount.Walker said the state would honor its credit commitments over time.Democrats had similarly pushed for a delay in paying the credits during the budget debate, but majority Republicans balked. While...
13 states sue over rule giving feds authority on state water

...Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota and Wyoming.Republicans in Congress, and some Democrats including North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, also have backed legislation to block the rules.Stenehjem told reporters that...
Op-ed: Stuck in the USA

...the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds. After testing the winds, Republican leaders have joined Democrats in stating their desires to take down that symbol of hatred. Those of us in the half-empty-glass camp have to wonder...
Op-ed: China's big hack attack

...parties aren't helping. Last week, Democrats blocked a Republican attempt to add a...four short of the required number. Democrats have warned about cyber-spying, but...bills, which included budget changes Democrats and President Obama oppose. As usual...
Op-ed: Hillary, you're so yesterday

...future by not repeating the mistakes of yesterday, focusing instead on those things that have a track record of working.Democrats want to cling to yesterday's ideology, the one promoted by Franklin Roosevelt during different times. So who is really...
Op-ed: The shame game

...he decides he really wants something, like trade legislation, passed, so much so that he condescends to visit his fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill, he antagonizes them to the point that they don't hesitate to humiliate him by voting against his wishes...
House Finance unveils draft spending plan

...seeks to dial up pressure on minority Democrats to end a long-running impasse over...expansion remains important to his caucus.Democrats also have unsuccessfully pushed to have...possible layoffs.One apparent victory for Democrats, an amendment that in part would have...
Legislators not fulfilling duty to people of Alaska

...Legislature can break the budget deadlock if Democrats are willing to compromise." As one of the people of this state, I say, Alaska Democrats' determination causes Republicans to...resources for the benefit of the people, Democrats have been determined to set the record...
House bill would access CBR by putting Permanent Fund earnings off limits

...funded budget May 18. House Minority Democrats have said any move to access the Fund's...houses in the Legislature to approve, and Democrats are holding out for several demands be drawn from without the minority Democrats' support.Deputy Revenue Commissioner...


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