Archive of: Alaska Politics



March Issue 5 2013

Teacher "pink slip" bill passes House

School districts would be allowed to wait almost two additional months to notify tenured teachers if they're going to be laid off.

March Issue 5 2013

State House approves in-state pipeline bill, sends HB 4 to the Senate

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.

March Issue 5 2013

House Resources unveils a version of oil tax bill

The House Resources Committee released an oil tax proposal Friday that co-chair Eric Feige said is fair to Alaskans and oil companies.

March Issue 5 2013

State officials push for more engineering on large gas pipeline

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.

March Issue 5 2013

Independent companies praise parts of oil tax bill, seek some changes

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.

March Issue 5 2013

Senate passes $9.9B state operating budget

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.

March Issue 5 2013

Young responds to new ethics investigation

Alaska's lone U.S. House member said Thursday that he's not concerned about a new ethics investigation into him.

Medicaid rolls expected to grow when ACA kicks in  March Issue 5 2013

Medicaid rolls expected to grow when ACA kicks in

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.

March Issue 5 2013

GUEST COMMENTARY: Oil tax reform: Creating opportunity for Alaskans

Should oil tax policy be about more money for government spending or about more economic opportunity for Alaskans?

March Issue 5 2013

GUEST COMMENTARY: More deliberate approach needed on oil tax reform

Recently I’ve been quoted in the media urging the Senate to tap the brakes on Senate Bill 21, the Governor’s oil tax reduction bill.