Archive of: Alaska Politics



March Issue 1 2014

State Democrats unveil another oil tax plan

Minority Democrats in the Legislature unveiled their vision of an oil tax system should voters this summer roll back the tax structure lawmakers approved last year.

March Issue 1 2014

Health providers to finally receive contract cost funding

Alaska’s Tribal health care providers had good news in February.

March Issue 1 2014

Self-employed fishers prepare for ACA mandate

As the March 31 deadline for the individual insurance mandate under the Affordable Care Act nears, Alaska’s fishers are still navigating the changes.

March Issue 1 2014

AJOC EDITORIAL: Dems hooked on OPM — Other People’s Money

Democrats, whether at the state or national level, have a problem: they are addicted to OPM, otherwise known as Other People’s Money.

March Issue 1 2014

EDITORIAL: Mayors make a good case for a seat in property tax talks

Property taxes are the underpinning of the operation of the Fairbanks North Star Borough and other local governments.

March Issue 1 2014

Assembly approves CH2M Hill for Anchorage port mgmt.

After delaying it twice and holding a special meeting the Anchorage Assembly voted Feb. 25 to approve CH2M Hill’s bid for construction management services at the Port of Anchorage.

March Issue 1 2014

ARDORs, hair crab limited entry revived

JUNEAU — The bill to resurrect the Alaska Regional Development Organization program and the now-unique vessel-based limited entry system for the currently closed Korean hair crab fishery is on its way to Gov. Sean Parnell after a House floor debate as strange as the measure’s weird path through the Legislature.

March Issue 1 2014

IRS audits over disputed excise tax weigh on air carriers

Ambiguity in the federal tax code is costing some owners of Alaska flight services their businesses, according to members of the Alaska Air Carriers Association.

February Issue 4 2014

Risks, rewards to state LNG stake

There are huge benefits for the state if Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed state participation in a North Slope gas project goes forward: as much as $2 billion to $3 billion per year in new revenues.

Defense budget stabilizes Alaska forces February Issue 4 2014

Defense budget stabilizes Alaska forces

Things have returned to near-normal for Alaska’s military forces, but it has been a tough year of budget sequestration cuts, furloughs of civilian workers and cancelled military exercises and training, Air Force Lt. Gen. Russell Handy told state legislators in Juneau in a Feb. 13 briefing.