Walker adds oil and gas advisor to cabinet

Gov. Bill Walker’s cabinet is changing again, this time by way of addition.Walker announced Monday longtime oil industry professional John Hendrix has been appointed as… Continue reading

Senate rejects call for veto override; Legislature poised to adjourn with no action

The Alaska Legislature is poised to adjourn its fifth special session without taking any action to address the 49th state’s multibillion-dollar deficit.On Thursday, Alaska Senate… Continue reading

House asks Senate for joint session on overrides

JUNEAU — The Alaska House has asked the Senate to meet in joint session to consider potential overrides of vetoes made by Gov. Bill Walker,… Continue reading

Walker: Alaska faces fiscal crisis amid legislative inaction

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker said Monday that the state is in a fiscal crisis as a result of legislative inaction in the face of… Continue reading

On eve of fifth special session, Walker done appealing to legislators

Round five starts Monday, July 11.Including last fall’s “gasline special session” when the Legislature approved a buyout of TransCanada Corp.’s interest in the Alaska LNG… Continue reading

Governor limits PFD payouts to $1,000

ANCHORAGE — Facing a multibillion-dollar deficit, Alaska’s governor on Wednesday cut in half the annual checks that give all residents a share of the state’s… Continue reading

New AGDC head grilled by legislators

The Alaska LNG Project is at an unexpected crossroads.Consensus among state’s producer partners to continue the $45 billion-plus export plan for North Slope natural gas… Continue reading

With budget at stake, governor contemplates veto of PFD checks

Now that Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has the state budget on his desk, he has the power to veto or reduce appropriations, including the Alaska… Continue reading

Legislature hits final week of special session

The Alaska Legislature is entering the final week of its 30-day special session with the biggest item of the year still unresolved.The ball is largely… Continue reading

Lawmakers keep ‘net operating loss’ credit

The Alaska Legislature has approved a cut to oil and gas drilling subsidies that promises millions in savings but fails to close a loophole that… Continue reading

Senate votes to spend Permanent Fund earnings on state operations

The Alaska Senate voted late Monday to spend almost $1.8 billion per year from the Alaska Permanent Fund earnings reserve on the operations of state… Continue reading

Walker urges action on plan to address deficit

JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker reiterated his call for passage of a state fiscal plan during a fiery news conference Wednesday in which he also… Continue reading

House approves bailout of health insurance market

The Alaska House has voted to bail out the state’s high-risk health insurance market to reduce the possibility of a collapse.Lawmakers on Monday approved House… Continue reading

Legislature passes compromise state operating budget

JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature on Tuesday passed a compromise state operating budget that restored funding for public schools, reduced a proposed cut to the… Continue reading

Legislature adjourns without budget, Walker calls 4th special session

Ready or not, here comes special session number four.At 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Gov. Bill Walker signed a proclamation calling the Legislature back to work, almost… Continue reading

Legislature looking at more OT

The Alaska Legislature is bound for some kind of double-overtime, with lawmakers — even after a four-month extended regular session — unable to reach a… Continue reading

Prospect of special session looms for lawmakers

JUNEAU — The prospect of a special session loomed as Alaska lawmakers hit their fourth month in regular session without agreement on a plan for… Continue reading

Senate approves $1.6B state capital budget

The Alaska Senate has voted 16-4 to send the state’s $1.6 billion capital construction budget to the House.The $1.6 billion budget is in many ways… Continue reading

With deadline looming, a look at Alaska budget proposals

JUNEAU — Approval of state spending bills and plans to pay for them are among the unresolved issues as the constitutional deadline looms for the… Continue reading

Carney named to replace Fabe on Alaska Supreme Court

ANCHORAGE — The law degree was impressive, but it was what Susan Carney did with it that helped get her a seat on the Alaska… Continue reading