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.
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.
School districts would be allowed to wait almost two additional months to notify tenured teachers if they're going to be laid off.
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.
The House Resources Committee released an oil tax proposal Friday that co-chair Eric Feige said is fair to Alaskans and oil companies.
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.
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.
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.
Alaska's lone U.S. House member said Thursday that he's not concerned about a new ethics investigation into him.
Medicaid costs in Alaska have leveled off, for now. They’ll creep up again next year, however, when the new federal Affordable Care Act kicks in.