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Alaska unemployment insurance tax to shrink in 2015

...calendar year 2015 is 2.1 percent, compared to 2014's 2.59 percent. The 2013 rate was 3.32 percent. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will begin mailing final 2015 rate notices to Alaska employers in early December.
Empire Editorial: Vote yes on 3, no on 4

...minimum wage will hurt the economy. To them, we supply the words of Ed Flanagan, former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor. "They (opponents of the minimum wage increase) predicted doom and gloom," he told a Fairbanks crowd in...
THCC signs cooperative agreement with state and Microsoft

Tlingit Haida Central Council, the State of Alaska, and Microsoft Corporation have formalized their collaboration to coordinate specialized training and workforce development in the area of Information Technology (IT) to promote economic development in Alaska. The cooperative agreement was signed Oct. 15 during the National Indian Education Association's convention in Anchorage and is an annex to a Memorandum of Agreement signed by the State of Alaska and Tlingit Haida Central Council in August.
My Turn: Chamber CEO, Empire misrepresent circumstances of minimum wage debate

Imagine our surprise upon reading in Friday's Juneau Empire that we had "canceled" a presentation at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce last Thursday - with only a week's notice - and that the alleged cancellation was a reaction to the chamber having already taken an uninformed position on the minimum wage issue before hearing from both sides on the matter. Neither is true, as is well known to chamber CEO Cathie Roemmich, and would have been clear to the reporter had she contacted either of us.
Assembly eyes tax changes

...of those are low-income, or making a wage less than two times the national poverty level, according to the Alaska Department of Labor."The exemption is a great help to those of us who have fixed incomes," Spartz said. "Everything else goes...
'Silver tsunami' threatens housing woes

...the past decade the number of Juneau residents 60 and older has increased over 80 percent, according to the Alaska Department of Labor," reads the letter announcing a survey to assess Juneau's needs. The so-called "silver tsunami" will...
Fourth of July Schedule

...streets of downtown Juneau in the reverse parade route. The parade will begin and end in the parking lot of Cycle Alaska/Department of Labor building at West Eighth St. The parade will start on Egan Drive (mountain side), to Main Street, turn left...
My Turn: Egan lighting project makes roads safer

Recently, a few concerns have surfaced regarding the ongoing Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' construction project to provide continuous highway illumination on Egan Drive from downtown Juneau to Brotherhood Bridge.
My Turn: Consider the facts before voting

Vic Fischer, one of the two surviving delegates to the Alaska Constitutional Convention, recently quoted Bob Bartlett, our first U.S. senator, who cautioned Alaskans not to allow us to become captive to out-of-state companies.
Puddle Jumpers preschool to close

Juneau's childcare pinch is about to get tighter. Catholic Community Service announced Friday it will be closing Puddle Jumpers Developmental Learning Center and has provided parents with 30 days' notice.


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