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Walker faced with widening deficit scenario

Gov. Bill Walker faces a grim budget scenario that may distract the new governor from other priorities, like a natural gas pipeline and an expansion of Medicaid. A template of a proposed fiscal year 2016 budget will be released Dec.
Rising from nothing

Valerie was able to pack two suitcases before leaving St. Michael, but 38 years worth of her belongings remain there, including irreplaceable items like her children's handprints from when they were young.
Energy upgrade loan program gets no takers

JUNEAU (AP) - A loan program designed to help cover energy upgrades to schools and other public buildings has gotten no takers even as school districts struggle with energy costs. The state spends $100 million each year on school district utility costs.
Panel advances pay plan for top state officials

...commissioners are acting as commissioners: Angela Rodell in Revenue after Bryan Butcher resigned to join the Alaska Housing Finance Corp., and Joe Balash in Natural Resources, after Dan Sullivan stepped down to run for U.S. Senate.The...
Legislature 2014: Spending in focus as revenue dips

If Sen. Hollis French has his way, the convening of the Legislature Jan. 21 will be day one of the campaign to repeal the oil tax reform bill that passed last year. French, an Anchorage Democrat, will also be the Senate's new Minority Leader after Sen.
Parnell asks for resignations from commissioners, officials

Gov. Sean Parnell, elected to his own four-year term in the Nov. 2 state general election, has asked for letters of resignations from all of his commissioners, deputy commissioners and division directors who are appointed, Parnell said in a press conference.
Home sweet home: Group develops efficient homes for rural Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- With high fuel prices and harsh winter climes, constructing energy-efficient housing in rural Alaska communities can be a difficult task that is compounded by the prohibitively high costs.
Senate committee hears in-state gas pipeline plan

A state Senate committee Monday began three days of informational hearings on a new natural gas pipeline plan for Anchorage and Fairbanks, but the plan faced skeptical legislators and the Parnell administration has yet to offer support.
Apartment units in housing dispute open to first tenants

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The first tenants have moved into a newly-renovated apartment complex at the center of a bitter dispute between a private business owner and the Alaska Housing Finance Corp.
Judge clears way for tobacco settlment money bond sale

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state can go forward with the sale of bonds backed by money it expects to receive from the multistate tobacco settlement, a Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday.


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