Archive of: Alaska Politics



March Issue 5 2014

Ordinance shot down for superseding state

The “Save Our Salmon” initiative billed as a way to stop Pebble mine was struck down March 19 in state Superior Court when Judge John Suddock ruled the Lake and Peninsula Borough ordinance unconstitutionally preempts state control over natural resources management.

March Issue 5 2014

State: Pain meds contributing to workers’ comp costs

State officials and legislators are increasingly concerned with the over-prescription of opiates and other controlled substances for pain management in the workers’ compensation program.

March Issue 5 2014

House focus shifts to TransCanada role in LNG project

The House Resources Committee is continuing its review of a bill authorizing the state to participate financially in a large natural gas project.

March Issue 4 2014

Senate sends gasline bill to House

JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate passed Gov. Sean Parnell’s bill authorizing the state to invest in a large gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas project on March 18.

March Issue 4 2014

EDITORIAL: Lawsuit over denied ANWR plan is the right move

Gov. Sean Parnell has taken the next step in the long-running, slow-moving effort to tap the energy resources of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain, an area that Congress decades ago recognized as having high oil and gas potential.

March Issue 4 2014

Report: EPA mining raid overblown, but questions remain

Tactics used in an Environmental Protection Agency-led investigation of alleged mining violations on claims in the Fortymile River area likely weren’t as aggressive as first thought, at least according to a report released March 13 from Gov. Sean Parnell’s office, but questions still remain about the necessity of the searches.

IRS says state air carriers can apply for excise tax refunds March Issue 4 2014

IRS says state air carriers can apply for excise tax refunds

In a March 14 letter to Sen. Mark Begich, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen offered refunds to Alaska air carriers that improperly applied disputed excise taxes meant for regular passenger service.

March Issue 4 2014

State sues to challenge denial of ANWR plan

Gov. Sean Parnell is still keeping the torch burning for exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR.

March Issue 4 2014

House bills target escalating Alaska medical costs

JUNEAU — State legislators are dealing with number of bills affecting business as the 2014 session enters its final month. Lawmakers must adjourn April 20, although there are procedures for extending the session.

March Issue 4 2014

Reps question AIDEA fisheries quota financing deal

The Alaska Legislature could consider allowing a state entity to get involved in fisheries financing if bills in House and Senate committees continue moving forward, but some legislators are raising questions about the plan.