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What others say: Restoring Alaska-hire is nothing to brag about

...determination as anything other than upholding state law is a mischaracterization of the action by the Labor Department under former Gov. Sean Parnell.Here is what the former Labor Commissioner Dianne Blumer wrote in her own op-ed at the time: "According...
What others say: Lawmakers should share in state's budget cuts

...Legislature's highest-paid employee makes more than $134,000 per year before taxes. That's just about as much as former Gov. Sean Parnell was making.Many more of the Legislature's employees are making more than $100,000 per year if they...
What others say: Governor's conference will begin much-needed revenue discussion

...revenues to match government's current size.There are two major issues with that approach. The first is math: as former Gov. Wally Hickel said, "you can't cut your way to prosperity," and with a deficit of the size Alaska currently faces...
Report: Low taxes lulled as budget swelled

...smaller budget, and a state income tax that caused citizens to watch the budget. Frasca was later budget director for former Gov. Frank Murkowski.It was on her watch that state revenues plummeted, in 2000, during a previous oil price plunge...
What others say: Population decline not portent of disaster, but state needs to pay attention

...years with high costs for heating fuel, some residents' fuel costs exceed their mortgage payments. The Legislature and former Gov. Sean Parnell acknowledged the issue and set funds aside for the Interior Energy Project, aiming to get lower-cost...
What others say: Focus on cuts has avoided other half of the equation

...they would impact greater and greater numbers of the state's residents. What can be done with cuts has been done - as former Gov. Walter Hickel said, "You can't cut your way to prosperity."It's time to again put increased revenue proposals...
State releases over 4,000 email pages in National Guard case

...than 4,000 pages of emails covering the National Guard scandal, but they revealed little new information into how former Gov. Sean Parnell's administration handled the allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. The state had initially...
What others say: Legislature should listen on Medicaid

...low approval in the Last Frontier. It was one of Gov. Bill Walker's most successful issues in his campaign against former Gov. Sean Parnell. A recent poll found support of both the governor and Medicaid expansion surpass 60 percent among Alaska...
Layoffs on the horizon for state employees

...through union representatives to their constituents. Walker's office on Thursday released a pared down version of former Gov. Sean Parnell's budget, one that recommended drastically reducing the state's capital budget spending and eliminating...
Walker administration removes transportation commissioner

...Grace Jang said Walker insists on having commissioners aligned with his decisions and policies.Kemp was a holdover from former Gov. Sean Parnell's administration. He had planned to retire at the end of November but stayed on as acting commissioner...


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