Latest Alaska state government News

Justices weigh effort to balance Washington state's tax code

Jan. 26, 2023 14:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An effort to balance what is considered the nation's most regressive state tax code came before the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday, with justices hearing arguments about whether they should overturn a prohibition on income taxes that dates to the 1930s. ...

Alaska governor says he wants policies supporting families

Jan. 24, 2023 01:56 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy told lawmakers late Monday he wants to work with them to make Alaska “the most pro-life state in the country,” with policies supporting families and making the state an affordable and a desirable place to live. “Kids are a...

Dunleavy appoints Pate to Alaska Supreme Court

Jan. 20, 2023 18:57 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has appointed state Superior Court Judge Jude Pate to the Alaska Supreme Court. The Alaska Judicial Council last month sent Dunleavy a list of four nominees, including Pate, from which Dunleavy was to make an appointment to the court....

Alaska court: Anchorage Democrat qualified for House seat

Jan. 13, 2023 19:49 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A divided Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday that an Anchorage Democrat who won a state House race was a qualified candidate. Earlier this week, Superior Court Judge Herman Walker Jr. issued a decision finding that Democrat Jennifer “Jennie” Armstrong met...

Alaska governor pitches plan to capitalize on carbon markets

Jan. 12, 2023 19:35 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy outlined proposed legislation Thursday for Alaska to capitalize on carbon markets, seeking to diversify state revenues long heavily reliant on proceeds from oil. Dunleavy plans to introduce his so-called a carbon management bill package...

Anchorage Democrat meets residency rules, judge says

Jan. 09, 2023 22:20 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage Democrat who won a November state House race meets residency requirements to take office, a state court judge ruled Monday. Superior Court Judge Herman Walker Jr. issued the ruling more than two weeks after hearing the case challenging Democrat...

Alaska lawmaker with Oath Keepers ties eligible for office

Dec. 23, 2022 14:46 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker with ties to the far-right Oath Keepers group is eligible to hold office, a state judge ruled Friday. Superior Court Judge Jack McKenna issued the ruling after overseeing a trial this month in the case against Republican state Rep. David...

Dunleavy names picks to lead health, resource agencies

Dec. 20, 2022 15:46 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has picked Heidi Hedberg to lead the state health department. She was previously the acting commissioner. Hedberg replaces Adam Crum, whom Dunleavy earlier appointed to lead the state Department of Revenue. Both positions are subject...

Alaska lawmaker won’t condemn Oath Keepers in Capitol riot

Dec. 15, 2022 19:52 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state lawmaker accused of violating the state constitution’s disloyalty clause over his lifetime membership in the far-right group Oath Keepers has not condemned the organization in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S Capitol. ...

Recounts reaffirm Giessel, McKay as winners in Alaska races

Dec. 08, 2022 20:59 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A recount of an Anchorage-area state Senate race reaffirmed Republican Cathy Giessel as the winner, while a recount of an Anchorage House race reaffirmed Republican Rep. Tom McKay as the winner. The Senate recount was conducted by the state Division of...