In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters in Juneau, Alaska. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Dunleavy proposed a state lottery as a way to provide a new source of revenue. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska Voices: State lottery nothing but a shell game

Our elected leaders need to talk truthfully about taxes.


Senate passes oil tax bill

Now the oil tax debate in the Legislature can really start. The Republican-led Senate passed House Bill 111, this year’s oil tax credit legislation, Monday afternoon by a 14-5 vote alongcaucus lines. The Senate version of the bill ends the cashable tax credit “experiment,” Anchorage Republican Sen. Cathy Giessel said in thefloor debate, along with preventing companies producing oil in the state’s largest fields from using deductible credits to taketheir tax obligation below the 4 percent gross minimum tax. Read more… Continue reading

Bills filed to restore PFD payout cut by governor

JUNEAU — Bills that would restore the portion of Alaskans’ oil wealth checks that were cut by Gov. Bill Walker last year were filed Monday,… Continue reading

Walker proposal would freeze pay

Gov. Bill Walker is preparing to propose a bill that would freeze the pay of nonunion employees at the University of Alaska, Alaska Court System,… Continue reading

Lawmaker who has long shunned spotlight is becoming speaker

JUNEAU — The incoming speaker of the Alaska House, known as a level-headed moderate willing to work across party lines, faces major tests in leading… Continue reading

Dividend, alongside budget, will be a focus for lawmakers

Sen. Bill Wielechowski knows the state needs to balance its budget. The Anchorage Democrat just wants to make sure that Alaskans’ Permanent Fund Dividend isn’t… Continue reading

State’s leader on domestic violence forced out

Lauree Morton ended her 30-year career fighting sexual assault and domestic violence after a Nov. 18 meeting with Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. “I was… Continue reading

Three Republicans join Democrats to form new Alaska House Majority

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Alaska still has a bipartisan House Majority caucus, but it will be led by Democrats… Continue reading

Walker puts hold on pension bond sale

The Walker administration has put its plan to sell up to $3.3 billion in pension obligation bonds on hold.Gov. Bill Walker said Tuesday in a… Continue reading

State moves to sell pension bonds despite S&P warning

The State of Alaska is continuing the process to sell up to $3.3 billion in pension obligation bonds after receiving mixed reviews from the major… Continue reading

Commissioner turns down challenge of predator control rules

FAIRBANKS (AP) — Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game commissioner has rejected calls from petitioners critical of the state’s predator control rules to change the… Continue reading

S&P puts Alaska back on CreditWatch negative

The State of Alaska is continuing the process to sell up to $3.3 billion in pension obligation bonds after receiving mixed reviews from the major… Continue reading

Dunleavy announces bill to reverse PFD cut

Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, held a press conference Wednesday in front of an Anchorage Fred Meyer store to announce his intention to offer a bill… Continue reading

Nageak lawsuit against state election officials to proceed

The case of Rep. Ben Nageak, D-Barrow, vs. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and Director of Elections Josie Bahnke will start on Tuesday. Superior Court Judge… Continue reading

Voters send some legislative incumbents packing

ANCHORAGE — Wasilla state Rep. Wes Keller said Wednesday that he had mixed emotions about losing his Republican primary.Part of him is relieved, he said,… Continue reading

Deadline comes for bill restricting sex education

A controversial bill passed by the Alaska Legislature will reach its day of decision today.House Bill 156, sponsored by Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla and significantly… Continue reading

Walker, legislators trying to reach understanding on AK LNG

Increased state control of the Alaska LNG Project was a concept first proposed by the state’s producer partners as a way to further lower the… Continue reading