Archive of: Alaska Politics



March Issue 1 2013

Industry talks competition, cooperation with agencies

Southeast Alaska industry leaders met state and federal officials in Juneau to share challenges, opportunities and ideas to encourage entrepreneurship in the region.

March Issue 5 2013

State oil and gas commission mulls tough new regs on fracking

Alaska’s Oil And Gas Conservation Commission began two days of hearings Thursday on proposed new regulations on hydraulic fracturing. The petroleum industry said they would be among the toughest in the nation, if adopted.

March Issue 5 2013

Parnell discusses 5-year fiscal plan for Alaska

Gov. Sean Parnell on Wednesday laid out a five-year fiscal plan that includes an annual decline in overall spending and a draw of up to $700 million from the state's savings.

March Issue 5 2013

Teacher "pink slip" bill passes House

School districts would be allowed to wait almost two additional months to notify tenured teachers if they're going to be laid off.

March Issue 5 2013

State House approves in-state pipeline bill, sends HB 4 to the Senate

The Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation on an in-state gas pipeline late Monday, but there is concern about time to get the bill through the state Senate in two weeks remaining in the 2013 legislative session.

March Issue 5 2013

House Resources unveils a version of oil tax bill

The House Resources Committee released an oil tax proposal Friday that co-chair Eric Feige said is fair to Alaskans and oil companies.

March Issue 5 2013

State officials push for more engineering on large gas pipeline

State officials are trying to prod North Slope producers and TransCanada to commit this summer to a more detailed design and engineering phase for a planned $45 billion to $65 billion Alaska gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas export project, Commissioner of Natural Resources Dan Sullivan told legislators in a briefing Wednesday.

March Issue 5 2013

Independent companies praise parts of oil tax bill, seek some changes

Independent oil companies exploring the North Slope have urged state legislators to retain a capital investment tax credit in the current law and to extend small producers’ tax credits.

March Issue 5 2013

Senate passes $9.9B state operating budget

The Alaska Senate passed a $9.9 billion state operating budget Thursday, turning aside minority-led efforts to add in more money for things like education.

March Issue 5 2013

Young responds to new ethics investigation

Alaska's lone U.S. House member said Thursday that he's not concerned about a new ethics investigation into him.