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Leaders rally against Army force reductions February Issue 4 2015

Leaders rally against Army force reductions

Community leaders in Anchorage and Fairbanks are rolling out the red carpet for a Pentagon team visiting Alaska that is considering possible reductions of Army troops at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage and Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. The visitors will be in Anchorage Feb. 23 and in Fairbanks Feb. 24.

Sharp questions in opening hearings for Medicaid plan February Issue 4 2015

Sharp questions in opening hearings for Medicaid plan

Medicaid expansion is taking on a partisan edge in Juneau, to no surprise. Hearings on the plan by Gov. Bill Walker opened Feb. 16 in a House Finance subcommittee. Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson made the case for expansion, citing improved health care for Alaskans, lower near-term costs to the state budget, and lower costs for many employers if workers have better access to health care.

Walker unveils Medicaid expansion plan February Issue 3 2015

Walker unveils Medicaid expansion plan

Increasing Medicaid access to 41,000 more Alaskans will save the state several million dollars per year according to Gov. Bill Walker’s administration. In the first year of expansion, fiscal year 2016, the State of Alaska will save $6.1 million based on figures in a Department of Health and Social Services report.

February Issue 3 2015

State pitches budget plans to rating agencies

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker and top state revenue officials were in New York Feb. 2 and 3, pitching Wall Street that Alaska is still a good financial bet even with a huge hole blown in state revenues by the plunge in oil prices. Walker and the state team met with credit rating agencies Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investor Services and Fitch Ratings, hoping to persuade the institutions not to downgrade Alaska’s Triple-A credit rating on bonds.

Railroad cuts PTC ask, aims to finance remaining need February Issue 3 2015

Railroad cuts PTC ask, aims to finance remaining need

The Alaska Railroad Corp. is using some strategic financing to cut its fiscal year 2016 capital request to $18 million as it looks for ways to finance Positive Train Control. Before the legislative session, the railroad was preparing to ask the Legislature for $53.5 million over three years, with a $21.8 million request for the 2016 fiscal year.

Reaction mixed on proposed AIDEA purchase February Issue 2 2015

Reaction mixed on proposed AIDEA purchase

The Interior Energy Project has taken a “180,” just when it looked like everyone involved would have a chance to catch their breath. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority announced its intent to purchase Fairbanks Natural Gas for $52.5 million Jan. 28 along with its sister companies under Pentex Alaska Natural Gas Co.