JUNEAU - A House committee's rewrite of Gov. Sean Parnell's education bill includes additional money for schools but also a plan for addressing the teachers' retirement system that has raised concerns with Parnell administration officials.
JUNEAU - In 2010, the state adopted an energy policy that, among other things, set a goal of having 50 percent Alaska's electric generation come from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025.
JUNEAU - Members of the House Finance Committee grilled state budget officials Monday on how realistic their 10-year budget plan is. The plan drafted by Gov. Sean Parnell's budget office is intended as a planning tool.
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell on Tuesday signed into law an overhaul of Alaska's oil tax structure, hailing it as part of an historic legislative package aimed at moving the state forward.
Oil and other resource representatives, local politicians and a few Kenai Peninsula residents testified Monday at the first of 10 hearings on a ballot initiative that would re-establish a coastal zone management program in Alaska.
Alaska's state government is expecting continued strong federal spending in the state over the next two years, according to the state's official revenue forecast for the coming years, released Friday.
Cutting the nation's growing budget deficits may have hit Alaska's budget, and may increase the state's own deficit, legislative leaders say.
...Alaskans, a Knowles administration spokeswoman said Tuesday. Annalee McConnell, director of the state's Office of Management and Budget, said a Republican resolution calling on the governor to enact a hiring freeze is unnecessary. ''I think...
Two events last week highlighted the in-congruent nature of Alaska's financial situation. Tuesday evening, residents gathered for a town meeting hosted by Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna, to get information and suggest ways to bridge the state's $1 billion budget gap.
A U.S. Senate subcommittee on oceans will take a fresh look at the Law of the Sea Treaty early next year, said Sen. Mark Begich, chairman of the Commerce Committee's subcommittee on the topic. The treaty was negotiated and signed by the United States decades ago, but has yet to go into effect here because it hasn't been ratified by the United States Senate. "It's irresponsible for us to not be a party to the Law of the Sea," Begich told the Empire last week. "This is an important treaty that has huge opportunities for us, from Alaska's perspective," he said.
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