Archive of: Alaska Politics



February Issue 3 2013

Legislature marks 30 days with narrow agenda on oil taxes

At day 30, Feb. 13, the state Legislature was one-third through its 2013 session, with the Republican-led state House and Senate focused on a narrowed agenda.

February Issue 3 2013

Democrats propose alternative to Parnell’s reform plan 

JUNEAU (AP) — Minority Democrats in the Alaska House and Senate on Feb. 11 introduced their own plan for increasing oil production in the state, calling it their alternative to Gov. Sean Parnell’s oil tax “giveaway.”

February Issue 2 2013

Democrats in Legislature introduce their version of oil tax reform

Democrats in the state House and Senate unveiled proposals to grant tax relief to North Slope oil producers in separate bills introduced in the state House and Senate Feb. 11.

Sheffield’s success: Overcoming hardship, personal loss February Issue 2 2013

Sheffield’s success: Overcoming hardship, personal loss

Bill Sheffield’s conservative streak on spending, and his business acumen, were honed in a tough depression-era upbringing.

Sheffield first, and last, governor to cut state budget February Issue 2 2013

Sheffield first, and last, governor to cut state budget

Legislators and state officials are wrestling with some old issues in Juneau: How to control the growth of government, how to build strategic infrastructure, and how to plan, if it can be done, for a collapse of oil prices and state revenues.

February Issue 2 2013

Committees start work on Parnell’s oil tax reform bill

JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell’s bill to adjust the state oil and gas production tax was due to move out of its first legislative committee Feb. 8, and meeting are set for further hearings in the House and Senate committee beginning the week of Feb. 11.

February Issue 2 2013

GUEST COMMENTARY: Alaskans should be rewarded for fighting gov’t waste

A recent Alaska Journal of Commerce editorial called for punishing the public interest groups who challenged the proposed railroad out to Port MacKenzie.

February Issue 2 2013

Feds reject Cold Bay road pitched to aid medical care

The federal government said Feb. 5 that it rejected a plan to build a road through a wildlife refuge that would have given a small Aleut village in Alaska better access to medical care.

February Issue 2 2013

Alaska looks to get a handle on rising health care costs 

JUNEAU (AP) — State officials are looking at ways to lower the growth of Alaska’s health care costs, including an alternate retiree plan and developing an employee wellness program.

February Issue 1 2013

Industry: Good points, problems with oil tax bill

Gov. Sean Parnell's plan to overhaul Alaska's oil tax structure is a positive step toward improving the state's business climate but there's room for improvement, one of the North Slope's major players says.