Archive of: Alaska Politics



May Issue 4 2015

Walker preps for partial shutdown

Gov. Bill Walker signed a partial state budget May 18, a move that could force the layoff of about 15,000 state employees and lead to a partial government shutdown if legislators can’t reach a budget deal.

May Issue 4 2015

Mumford tapped for Board of Fisheries

Gov. Bill Walker’s office announced on May 20 that Robert Mumford has been appointed to the vacant seat on the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

May Issue 4 2015

Gillis resigned over board appointment

Karen Gillis, Gov. Bill Walker’s former director of Boards and Commissions, resigned in protest of an appointment Walker’s office said never happened.

May Issue 2 2015

Gridlock stiffens over budget

It seems inconceivable that a state government endowed with billions of dollars in liquid assets must develop contingency plans for state agencies running out of cash shortly after the new fiscal year begins July 1.

MSA reauthorization passed out of Resources Committee May Issue 2 2015

MSA reauthorization passed out of Resources Committee

Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young’s bill to reauthorize and amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act was marked up and favorably reported to the U.S. House of Representatives by the House Natural Resources Committee on April 30. The bill, titled the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act,” cleared the committee with 21-14 vote.