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Uncertain year for mega-projects

How little can the state afford to spend? Gov. Bill Walker halted immediate spending on six of the state's notable pending mega-projects Dec. 27, part of an effort to scrutinize all expenditures and minimize the fiscal year 2016 budget deficit.
Voices of Alaska: Parnell shows strong support for higher education

When choosing our next Governor, I ask myself, what is the candidate's promise and what is the evidence that he can deliver on an issue of importance to me? Oil taxes, gas lines, health care, and budgets are clearly important issues worthy of extensive coverage and debate. For me, a critical issue is how we prepare our people - through higher education - for productive lives as leaders, workers, parents, and citizens of Alaska.
Panel proposes more school money, pension option

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.
Budget officials grilled on 10-year plan

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.
Project draws attention to renewable energy goal

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.
Parnell signs oil tax, gasline bills

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.
Pros, cons of new coastal management program debated

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.
Fed money stabilizes state finances

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.
Federal cuts will hurt in Alaska

Cutting the nation's growing budget deficits may have hit Alaska's budget, and may increase the state's own deficit, legislative leaders say.
Administration says hiring freeze unnecessary

...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...


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