A May 2013 report commissioned by the Pebble Limited Partnership indicates that the proposed Pebble Mine would have a substantial effect on Alaska's economy. The partnership considers the Pebble deposit to be one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Morris News Service - AlaskaThe estimates were developed for the Alaska Health Care Commission by the University of Alaska's Institute of Social and Economic Research. Businesses and families are getting hit: At $11,926 per employee, Alaska has the highest average annual cost for employee health benefits in the nation, twice what employers in some other states pay. Between 2003 and 2010 the share of health benefits paid by employees increased from 17 percent to 22 percent for family coverage.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A study finds that states that do a good job of protecting the environment also do well drawing and holding jobs.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is not abandoning plans to sue the state of Alaska over inequitable funding for peninsula schools, the borough administration confirmed Tuesday.
Gov. Sean Parnell's proposal for new taxes on the oil industry is not good legislation. Neither he nor his administration did a good job of selling this to the public.
Alaska's economy is slowly downshifting. Some of this is being driven by real reductions in dollars coming into Alaska -- fewer tourists, fewer oil wells being drilled, lower payments to fish harvesters this year -- but some of the slowdown is also being driven by psychology -- weak consumer confidence, and more caution by investors and borrowers.
Alaska?s 25th Legislature will spend much of today in opening ceremony, but Wednesday lawmakers will get down to work, part of which will be deciding whether and how to divvy up funds for municipal capital projects including those of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Companion bills now before the Alaska House and Senate would boost the current base student allocation and raise the district cost factor for Kenai Peninsula Borough schools each year for the next five years.
Local funding to schools in fiscal year 2008 is expected to show a slight decrease from that of the current year, but will still amount to more than $37.7 million.
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