Archive of: Alaska Politics



January Issue 4 2013

Timeline clarified for Susitna-Watana project studies

The Alaska Energy Authority and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may have cleared a once muddied near-term timeline for the Susitna-Watana hydropower project.

January Issue 4 2013

Committee begins hearings on latest oil tax reform plan 

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska’s revenue commissioner said Jan. 22 that he’s seen no evidence that tax credits to oil companies have led to increased production.

January Issue 4 2013

Study finds billion-dollar benefit to Medicaid expansion

Expansion of Alaska’s Medicaid program under the new federal Affordable Care Act would create $1 billion to $1.5 billion in new wages in the state between 2014 and 2019 from added jobs in health care and employment generated by new business activity, according to a study by Northern Economics Inc., an Anchorage-based consulting firm.

January Issue 4 2013

IG report: Major changes needed at Anchorage VA office

A recent Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s Office report recommends changes to the disability claims processing procedures at the Anchorage Veterans Affairs Regional Office.

January Issue 3 2013

Parnell plan would change cruise waste rules 

Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing changes to the way the state regulates wastewater from cruise ships — drawing criticism that his proposal would roll back provisions of a 2006 citizen initiative that required cruise ships to meet state water quality standards when dumping wastewater.

January Issue 3 2013

Egan reintroduces public employee retirement bill

An Alaska senator has reintroduced legislation that would give public employees the option of a traditional pension program.

January Issue 3 2013

Parnell sets new benchmarks for gas pipeline

Gov. Sean Parnell on Wednesday set new benchmarks for progress on a major natural gas pipeline project in Alaska and urged lawmakers to act this year on legislation to change the state's oil tax structure.

Parnell unveils latest oil tax reform proposal as session opens January Issue 3 2013

Parnell unveils latest oil tax reform proposal as session opens

Gov. Sean Parnell has made a new proposal that would make substantial changes in the state’s oil and gas production tax.

Alaska Democratic Party slams Holmes for switch January Issue 3 2013

Alaska Democratic Party slams Holmes for switch

The Alaska Democratic Party slammed state Rep. Lindsey Holmes for switching her party affiliation to Republican.

January Issue 3 2013

No recommendations for ANCSA disclosures in latest GAO report

A federal report has officials representing Alaska’s Native corporations defending their financial reporting practices.