Archive of: Alaska Politics



April Issue 1 2014

Chenault moves to allow nonresidents on AGDC board

JUNEAU (AP) — House Speaker Mike Chenault on March 31 said he plans to propose allowing out-of-state residents to serve on the board of directors of a corporation that could play a key role in a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska.

April Issue 1 2014

Former official recommends scrutiny for TransCanada role

JUNEAU — A former state revenue economist has recommended state legislators take more time with a proposal to partner with TransCanada Corp. as part of a deal for state financial participation in a large natural gas project.

April Issue 1 2014

Legislature hits homestretch with major bills pending

JUNEAU — The Legislature has entered the home stretch on its 2013 session, with a little over two weeks to go. Major legislation is moving but a lot of important bills are already being left on the sideline.

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.