Latest Alaska state government News

Alaska governor cuts $5M in additional ferry service funding

Aug. 21, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's governor has vetoed additional funding for the state's ferry service. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $5 million Monday that was added to the Alaska Marine Highway System budget by the Legislature, CoastAlaska reported Monday. The Legislature previously cut $43 million...

University of Alaska regents cancel financial declaration

Aug. 21, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has cancelled a declaration allowing it to take drastic financial steps in the face of budget cuts, officials said. The regents voted 10-0 Tuesday to rescind the declaration of financial exigency made nearly a month ago, The Anchorage Daily...

Alaska governor OKs smaller oil-wealth check for now

Aug. 20, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy faced a tricky political decision. Should he take a hard line in his push to pay residents nearly $3,000 this year from the state's oil-wealth fund, a centerpiece of his campaign last year, or accept a lesser amount approved by lawmakers who have not been...

The Latest: Alaska governor takes issue with coverage

Aug. 20, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska oil-wealth fund dividend (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy took issue with media coverage in explaining why he announced by video his decision on the state budget and the oil-wealth fund dividend that will be paid to residents. Dunleavy...

Alaska group proposes initiative to raise oil industry tax

Aug. 20, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska group has filed an application with the state for a ballot initiative asking voters to increase taxes on the oil industry, a report said. The proposed Fair Share Act would alter the state's 2014 oil-production tax, The Anchorage Daily News reported Monday. The measure...

Dunleavy OKs 'partial' oil-wealth check of about $1,600

Aug. 19, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he is approving the roughly $1,600 oil-wealth fund check for residents passed by lawmakers this year but views it as a partial payment and plans to press for additional funding. House and Senate leaders tempered any expectations of a fatter payout and...

The Latest: Edgmon sees need to discuss dividend formula

Aug. 19, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon says he doesn't see a willingness by the House to appropriate more money toward an oil-wealth fund check for residents without a change to the dividend program going...

Daughter of deceased Alaska state senator applies for seat

Aug. 19, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The daughter of a recently-deceased Alaska state senator applied to fill his vacant seat, a report said. Tali Birch Kindred, 37, announced her decision last week following the Aug. 7 death of her father, 68-year-old Chris Birch, Alaska Public Media reported Friday. Birch died from...

Alaska budget cuts could impact the arts economic impact

Aug. 17, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — More than 11,000 people are employed in Alaska's art industry, which adds $1.4 billion to the state's economy, according to the National Endowment for the Arts chairwoman, who spoke ahead of the governor's funding decisions. NEA chairwoman Mary Anne Carter spoke Thursday at the...

Dunleavy plans to announce budget decisions Monday

Aug. 16, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to announce his final decisions on the state budget Monday. Dunleavy's office previously indicated a final announcement was expected this week. But his press office said Friday the review is continuing and an announcement is expected Monday. Lawmakers, unable...