...of our state," and need to be nurtured to ensure they'll be preserved, the city wrote in support of the council.Pat Forgey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democratic legislators told the press just before the start of the 27th Alaska Legislature they'll oppose calls by Gov. Sean Parnell and others to lower the state's oil tax rates.
Gov. Sean Parnell is denying the budget he presented to the Alaska Legislature relies on deficit spending, but he's not disputing the state will have to dip into savings to balance the budget he presented.
Alaska is sitting pretty financially, with oil revenue flowing in and billions of dollars in ready cash available.
Senate President Gary Stevens Thursday said that the shorter 90-day legislative sessions adopted by voters in 2006 are not working.
JUNEAU (AP) -- After years of lagging behind national totals, Alaska has very nearly caught up with the rest of the nation in electing women, although women still make up less than a quarter of the nation's 7,382 legislators.
Southeast Alaska's once-vibrant timber industry is now mostly gone, but state retirement officials think investing millions of dollars in pension money in the timber industry elsewhere will pay off for the state's retirees.
Cutting the nation's growing budget deficits may have hit Alaska's budget, and may increase the state's own deficit, legislative leaders say.
Representatives of the Alaska Permanent Fund appeared before the Alaska Legislature on Friday, explaining their investment strategies and defending their earnings returns.
Senate President Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, said legislators who in 2006 backed shorter legislative sessions may have been doing so because the were "selfish" or "self-serving," and it seemed as if they were putting their own interests ahead of that of the state or the Legislature.
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