The state ferries will run mostly as scheduled this summer despite significant budget cuts looming, the Alaska Marine Highway System announced May 12.
As state employees waited for an official announcement of Gov. Bill Walker's new budget, warnings of potential position cuts and layoffs filtered through union representatives to their constituents.
JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker has proposed a $65 million supplemental spending bill, including $50 million in unrestricted general funds. The supplemental budget is intended to cover unanticipated costs for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
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.
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.
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 - 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 - 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.
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.
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