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Legislature gavels in

...representatives.Gov. Bill Walker and legislative leaders say they want to make cuts and find efficiencies within state government, while dipping into savings to help get by, before considering new taxes or tax increases.Sen. Pete Kelly...
What others say: Oil prices and spirit

...and production of oil - the state's primary revenue source - our elected officials soon will be developing the state government's next fiscal year budget.They're quite aware that Alaska's current level of spending is unsustainable...
What others say: Staying focused on natural gas

...lower heating fuel costs, the coming drop in GVEA's rates is a result of the same phenomenon hamstringing the state government's budget: the sustained decline in the global cost of oil (and, by extension, its derivatives). Although...
What others say: Legislature should stay in Juneau

...where much of the state's power already resides.Moving the capital would ravage the economy of Juneau, where state government is the largest employer.When will the covetous leaders from Southcentral Alaska cease this effort? Probably never...
Alaska faces lean budget times as oil prices fall

...starting Tuesday, the price had dropped by more than half.Alaska heavily relies on oil revenue to fund the cost of state government, but the fall in prices has contributed to an estimated 80 percent decline in the state's share of production...
Industry, legislators still buzzing about Walker firings

...being voiced over the apparent lack of formal procedure to solicit names and vet applicants, which is customary in state government.The governor has possibly reached out to people he knew, perhaps from his tenure as manager of the Alaska Gasline...
Keep the LNG project moving forward

...sign confidentiality agreements, leave us with questions about the administration's goals moving forward. The state government is facing some hard decisions due to the drop in oil prices and the corresponding drop in state revenue. Alaska...
Local politicians speak at Industry Outlook Forum accomplish this goal by working for targeted spending cuts, rather than general cuts to all departments of the state government. Micciche intends to reach his second goal of energy distribution by advocating the development of a "state-wide...
What others say: Alaska needs budget leadership

...spring projection. The department expects a further decline in the following fiscal year.What this means is the state government is facing a $3.5 billion deficit for the current fiscal year, an increase of about $2 billion more than the...
Walker submits pared down capital budget

...spending, cut waste or address any inefficiencies as it puts those plans together."Together, we need to reinvent state government and rationalize our fiscal policy," Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott said in a news release.The state is bracing for...


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