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Time is now to resolve Alaska’s great contradictions

We have the largest reserves of natural gas and renewable energy potential in the United States, yet we have the second-highest energy costs in the nation, Gov. Mike Dunleavy writes.

Capitol Report: Alaska House debates budget bill

Hello again from Juneau. The legislative session is approaching the two-month mark and we are seeing many bills progressing through committees in both bodies, the most important being the 2023 Fiscal Year budget bill (House Bill-281).

Public testimony on House operating budget is Friday

Public testimony on the House Operating Budget is this Friday, March 4, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the House Finance Committee. The Cordova Legislative Information Office (LIO) will be open for public testimony during that time.

Coastal legislators dislike governor’s spending plan for ferries

Though they say the level of funding for the state ferry system in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is adequate, coastal legislators don’t like that the governor wants to use one-time federal money to pay the bills, eliminating almost 95% of state funding.

Reporting for Alaska: Legislators must do more than write letters to...

Dermot Cole writes: I must confess I didn not know about an old state law that requires the Legislative Budget & Audit Committee to conduct an “annual operational and performance evaluation of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation investments and investment programs.”

NOAA proposes a $7B budget to research climate change

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have proposed a budget of $7 billion for fiscal year 2022, up from $1.5 billion in FY 2021, to fund research on what Commerce Secretary Gina M Raimondo is calling a climate crisis.

Special session of 32nd Legislature gets underway

The 32nd Alaska Legislature is currently in special session. On the agenda for the special session are the Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Budget and Mental Health Budget, as well as Governor Dunleavy’s proposed constitutional amendments regarding the Permanent Fund.

New website explains budget challenges facing upcoming Legislature

A new website launched by Commonwealth North offers Alaska residents a better understanding of the fiscal challenges the state is facing.

Letter supports hospitals serving vulnerable populations

Three hundred and two members of the U.W. House of Representatives, including Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, are urging congressional leaders to delay cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital program.

Legislative Council authorized to defending education funding

Legislators are bracing to defend a law that provides K-12 education funding for the upcoming fiscal year.
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