Latest Alaska state government News

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 governor seeks to tighten work rules for food stamps

Aug. 11, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's governor is seeking to tighten the rules for food stamp recipients, officials said. Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration wants to implement federal work requirements for low-income adults who receive food assistance, The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday. The change...

Oil unease: Alaska faces tough budget decisions

Aug. 9, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Daniel Bowen came to Alaska in 2011, looking for adventure and opportunity. He and his wife eventually settled on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, a salmon fishing haven calling itself "Alaska's Playground." But the Bowens, both teachers, recently returned to their native...

Alaska governor has skin cancer removed from forehead

Aug. 2, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's office announced Friday that biopsies of skin variations removed from his forehead confirmed a basal cell carcinoma, or a mild form of skin cancer. Dunleavy's spokesman Matt Shuckerow says Dunleavy took precautionary measures with his dermatologist this...

Group launching effort to seek recall of Alaska's governor

Jul. 31, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A group that includes a coal company chairman and a framer of Alaska's constitution is launching an effort aimed at recalling Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, weeks after his far-reaching budget vetoes prompted public outrage. In late June, Dunleavy announced vetoes of more than $400...

Alaska Native villages get $5M to combat rural violence

Jul. 30, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rural Alaska Native villages will receive nearly $5 million from the U.S. Justice Department to combat numerous public safety problems, including no law enforcement presence in some communities, the agency announced Tuesday. The award comes nearly two months after Attorney General...

Financial crisis opens University of Alaska up to layoffs

Jul. 22, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents decided Monday they could no longer wait to see if the Alaska Legislature will bail them out from severe budget cuts inflicted by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Meeting in an emergency session, regents voted 10-1 to allow administrators to expedite...

Alaska Native activist alleges assault by Wasilla mayor

Jul. 11, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native activist said Thursday that she was assaulted by the mayor of a small town as protesters took over a seating area intended for lawmakers during a contentious session of the Alaska Legislature that's gathering in two cities. Haliehana Stepetin filed a citizen's...

Alaska Legislature fails to override vetoes that prompt cuts

Jul. 10, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature failed Wednesday to override budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy that will prompt a massive 41% cut of state funding to the University of Alaska and lay waste to other programs the governor deemed unaffordable. More than one-third of lawmakers missed the vote...