Archive of: Alaska Politics



March Issue 1 2014

ARDORs, hair crab limited entry revived

JUNEAU — The bill to resurrect the Alaska Regional Development Organization program and the now-unique vessel-based limited entry system for the currently closed Korean hair crab fishery is on its way to Gov. Sean Parnell after a House floor debate as strange as the measure’s weird path through the Legislature.

March Issue 1 2014

IRS audits over disputed excise tax weigh on air carriers

Ambiguity in the federal tax code is costing some owners of Alaska flight services their businesses, according to members of the Alaska Air Carriers Association.

February Issue 4 2014

Risks, rewards to state LNG stake

There are huge benefits for the state if Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed state participation in a North Slope gas project goes forward: as much as $2 billion to $3 billion per year in new revenues.

Defense budget stabilizes Alaska forces February Issue 4 2014

Defense budget stabilizes Alaska forces

Things have returned to near-normal for Alaska’s military forces, but it has been a tough year of budget sequestration cuts, furloughs of civilian workers and cancelled military exercises and training, Air Force Lt. Gen. Russell Handy told state legislators in Juneau in a Feb. 13 briefing.

Parnell agrees to change controversial HB 77 February Issue 4 2014

Parnell agrees to change controversial HB 77

JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell has agreed to substantial changes to House Bill 77, his controversial land and water management reform bill that was pulled off the Senate floor on the final day of the 2013 session in the face of growing public opposition.

February Issue 4 2014

AJOC EDITORIAL: Bill threatens Alaskans right to know

Your right to know what’s happening in your local government and in your community is at risk.

February Issue 4 2014

UFA wants legislature to put scallops back on the menu

The United Fishermen of Alaska are trying to revive the legislative discussion in Juneau about the vessel-based scallop limited entry program as managers and participants prepare for the new open access state-waters fishery that will open July 1.

February Issue 4 2014

Bipartisan bill would eliminate exit exam

Legislation introduced by Gov. Sean Parnell and a bipartisan group of legislators would do away with the state high school exit exam.

February Issue 4 2014

30 days in, major decisions before Legislature

The state Legislature has passed the one-third mark of its 90-day 2014 session.

February Issue 3 2014

Floor of Alaska Senate breaks into oil tax debate

JUNEAU — The floor of the Alaska Senate broke into an impromptu debate over oil taxes Feb. 10.