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Obama's Buffett rule impact on taxes, jobs April Issue 3 2012

Obama's Buffett rule impact on taxes, jobs

President Barack Obama's proposal to impose a "Buffett rule" tax on the rich is generating enormous political wattage, but the plan itself would directly affect only a tiny fraction of Americans.

April Issue 3 2012

Bills moving quickly as session nears close

The Senate Finance Committee ticked off a list of bills in rapid succession Friday morning.

April Issue 3 2012

Pace picks up as Legislature enters last three days; deadlock over oil taxes continues

Legislators ratcheted up the tempo sharply Friday with three days left in the 2012 legislative session. The Senate Finance Committee had a full plate of House-passed bills on its agenda and was voting them out at a fast pace late Friday morning.

April Issue 2 2012

Lawmaker who fought TSA to seek US House seat

An Alaska state representative who made national headlines last year for refusing an airport security pat-down announced plans Wednesday to run for the state's lone U.S. House seat.

New law lets small businesses use crowdfunding April Issue 2 2012

New law lets small businesses use crowdfunding

Finding investors is probably the biggest challenge that business startups and small companies face. But small businesses are looking forward to a new way of attracting investors now that President Barack Obama has signed a law known as the JOBS Act.

April Issue 2 2012

Updated: Senate passes capital budget

The Senate on Wednesday passed the state’s fiscal year 2013 Capital Budget, Senate Bill 160. The budget appropriates $2.63 billion, including $1.8 billion in state funds and $830 million in federal funds.

Alaska lawmaker Carl Gatto dies April Issue 2 2012

Alaska lawmaker Carl Gatto dies

Rep. Carl Gatto, a Palmer Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, died Tuesday from complications related to cancer, House majority press secretary Will Vandergriff said. Gatto was 74.

April Issue 2 2012

Update: Actions on capital budget delayed

Update: Actions have been delayed on the state capital budget. Lawmakers say they are working on a revised version that may be forthcoming later today.

April Issue 2 2012

Senate committee unveils $2.6B capital budget

The Senate Finance Committee has proposed a $2.6 billion state capital budget, staying within the constraints sought by Gov. Sean Parnell, though the spending plan could still grow in the House.

April Issue 2 2012

Senate passes energy voucher bill

The Alaska Senate on Monday passed a bill that would give every adult recipient of an Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend this fall a voucher to help address high energy costs.