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House panel advances governor's pension plan the current payment plan the state is on, while also addressing the nearly $12-billion pension obligation. But some lawmakers question how affordable that is in light of other state obligations.When asked by Kelly if putting about $2 billion toward...
Senate passes capital budget

...that the amount for Anchorage should have been higher. Other lawmakers defended the budget as fair and reasonable, given the state' about $110 million less overall than that approved by lawmakers last session, according to information provided by the Legislative...
House speaker pushes for minimum wage bill

...Chenault, R-Nikiski, said most lawmakers he's spoken with support having the...happened in 2002, and a year later, lawmakers gutted the law, leaving a bitter taste...initiative supporters.Chenault was among the lawmakers who voted to both raise the minimum wage...
House strips retirement plan from education bill

...enough to help some districts avoid cuts.Lawmakers added other provisions during the as encroachment on local control. Lawmakers in committee also added a grant program...payments stretched over a longer period.Lawmakers have yet to publicly propose an approach...
Senate Finance advances budget bill

...language that expressed the intent of lawmakers.The budget bill is subject to change...desire shared by the governor and other lawmakers.While the overall size of the bill...supplemental capital items, approved by lawmakers last session. The bill has close to...
Coghill: Reluctance to move on minimum wage bill

...initiative.The Legislature can pre-empt a ballot initiative by passing substantially similar legislation. That happened in 2002, and a year later, lawmakers gutted the law. Supporters of the initiative fear that could happen again.
Education supporters rally amid funding talks

...a proposed increased funding to the base student allocation, a component of the state funding formula for education, but lawmakers and the public have said it was not enough.Great Alaskan Schools organized the rally with some supporters flying to Juneau...
House panel version of gas-line bill takes shape

...legislative staff members and legislative consultants to be part of confidential briefings on negotiations rather than only lawmakers. Another amendment required legislative briefings on project progress every four months, accompanied by a written report...
Education bill rewrite leaves some frustrated

...address the teachers' retirement system, which Gov. Sean Parnell had urged them to do.It remained unclear Tuesday just how lawmakers might yet proceed in addressing the unfunded pension obligations for both the teachers' and public employees' retirement...
Senate Finance unveils $1.9 billion capital budget

...Senate Finance draft is about $403 million less than the capital budget, including supplemental capital items, approved by lawmakers last session, according to the Legislative Finance Division.Also Monday, after several hours of debate, the Senate passed...


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