Archive of: Alaska Politics



April Issue 3 2013

Scallop bill shucks regional development

JUNEAU — The Alaska Regional Development Organization celebrated the “silver jubilee” of its 25th anniversary in its annual report this year, and the Alaska Legislature marked the occasion by letting the program die after the bill to extend its sunset date for five years fell victim to an obscure fish war involving Korean hair crab and weathervane scallops.

$2.2 billion capital budget includes railroad, port projects April Issue 3 2013

$2.2 billion capital budget includes railroad, port projects

On April 14, the last day of the legislative session, state lawmakers approved a $2.2 billion capital budget. The budget is a decrease in state funding of about $600 million versus the current year’s $2.8 billion capital budget.

April Issue 3 2013

Legislature OKs some permitting changes, waits on water

Lawmakers in Juneau approved bills aimed at improving the efficiency of permitting oil and gas development and pursuing state control of federal wetlands permits.

April Issue 3 2013

Bill allows future Inlet Tower operations, review continues

Passage of House Bill 50 by the Alaska Legislature would allow the Inlet Tower Hotel to continue operations that currently appear to violate its Alaska Housing Finance Corp., or AHFC, loan terms, but has not resolved ongoing legal and financial review of the activities.

April Issue 3 2013

Knik Arm crossing remains too far a financial bridge

Thanks to failure to win passage of the bill to guarantee state backing of its public-private partnership financing mechanism, the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority will survive, but must continue searching for a way to win legislative support next year.

April Issue 3 2013

Dems say they’ll support oil tax cut vote

JUNEAU (AP) — Minority Democrats, outraged by the passage of a multibillion-dollar oil tax cut, said Monday they plan to support an effort to try to overturn the measure.

Legislature adjusted taxes for businesses, film incentives April Issue 3 2013

Legislature adjusted taxes for businesses, film incentives

The oil tax change, in-state gas pipeline and a plan for the state to finance trucking of liquefied natural gas to Fairbanks captured much of the attention in the Legislature this spring, but a number of other bills important to business were approved also.

April Issue 3 2013

Primary could be earlier under election bill passed by Legislature

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska’s primary would be held a week earlier during even numbered years under a bill that has passed the state Legislature.

April Issue 3 2013

AEA revises applications for renewable energy fund grants

The Alaska Energy Authority is tweaking applications for its Renewable Energy Fund grants in an effort to maximize the value of state money allocated to projects through the program.

April Issue 3 2013

State, DOE partner on unconventional resources

Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy signed an agreement Tuesday to work together on unconventional oil and gas resources in Alaska’s Arctic.