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January Issue 4 2013

Study finds billion-dollar benefit to Medicaid expansion

Expansion of Alaska’s Medicaid program under the new federal Affordable Care Act would create $1 billion to $1.5 billion in new wages in the state between 2014 and 2019 from added jobs in health care and employment generated by new business activity, according to a study by Northern Economics Inc., an Anchorage-based consulting firm.

January Issue 4 2013

IG report: Major changes needed at Anchorage VA office

A recent Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s Office report recommends changes to the disability claims processing procedures at the Anchorage Veterans Affairs Regional Office.

January Issue 3 2013

Parnell plan would change cruise waste rules 


Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing changes to the way the state regulates wastewater from cruise ships — drawing criticism that his proposal would roll back provisions of a 2006 citizen initiative that required cruise ships to meet state water quality standards when dumping wastewater.

January Issue 3 2013

Democrats reintroduce assault weapons ban

Congressional Democrats are reintroducing legislation to ban assault weapons but the measure faces long odds even after last month's mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

January Issue 3 2013

House votes to defuse debt limit crisis

The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first-time default for at least four months, defusing a looming crisis setting up a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit.

January Issue 3 2013

Egan reintroduces public employee retirement bill

An Alaska senator has reintroduced legislation that would give public employees the option of a traditional pension program.

January Issue 3 2013

White House: Obama wouldn't block GOP debt bill 


The White House says a House Republican bill to extend the government's borrowing authority for three months still faces concerns in Congress but press secretary Jay Carney says that if it reaches President Barack Obama's desk, "he would not stand in the way of the bill becoming law."

January Issue 3 2013

House to vote Wednesday on raise in debt limit 


The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on an increase in the nation's debt limit, a move designed to prevent a first-ever government default.

January Issue 3 2013

GOP official: House to vote to lift debt limit

The Republican-controlled House will vote next week to permit the government to borrow more money to meet its obligations, a move aimed at heading off a market-rattling confrontation with President Barack Obama over the so-called debt limit.

January Issue 3 2013

Parnell sets new benchmarks for gas pipeline

Gov. Sean Parnell on Wednesday set new benchmarks for progress on a major natural gas pipeline project in Alaska and urged lawmakers to act this year on legislation to change the state's oil tax structure.