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Alaska legislators, get it together

I have taken many moments over the last five months to take the time to sit down and send you my thoughts as an Alaska resident and mother of two children in the hopes that some if not all of you would reciprocate.
My Turn: Time to revisit rural education

...regional employment and establishment of strong local economies networked with regional villages. It is past time for Alaska legislators to change our current system of rural public education delivery. Alaska has seen a parade of teachers and administrators...
Empire Editorial: Alaska legislators have quit while behind

Despite the plans of Gov. Bill Walker, despite the wishes of almost all of Alaska's 736,732 people, Alaska's legislators have quit.
House passes bill pushing back annual disclosure deadline

JUNEAU - The state House passed legislation Wednesday that would push back by two months the date by which Alaska legislators and other public officials must file annual financial disclosures.HB 65 would move the filing deadline from March...
State | AK legislature
Gov: No Medicaid reform without expansion

...of health care costs for newly eligible recipients through 2016, stepping down to 90 percent by 2020.But some Alaska legislators worry about adding more people to a system they see as broken. Medicaid, as it stands, is widely seen as unsustainable...
State raises ferry rates starting Jan. 1

...ADOT&PF Deputy Commissioner Reuben Yost in a statement explaining the reason for the rate increase.Last year, Alaska legislators requested an analysis of AMHS rates and tariffs, with a report due by February 2015. The preliminary results of...
State | Local
My Turn: Center of the universe This dramatic demographic shift has had political and economic consequences.In 1913, with only 24 elected Alaska legislators, Southeast Alaska had six seats - a full 25 percent% of the Legislature. None were from Anchorage or MatSu...
Empire Editorial: A vote on trust

...biggest bribery scandals in state history. In court, we learned how he used "gifts" to manipulate the votes of Alaska Legislators, many of whom were willing to sell their integrity for trinkets.You might say these illegal acts were the actions...
My Turn: Vote 'No' for Alaska's future

...Following many lengthy public hearings, and after listening to their own experts (and hearing from ours), Alaska legislators passed and I signed SB21. Now, just over a year later, Alaskans are benefitting.In just 15 months, Alaska...
My Turn: In Alaska elections, your vote counts the 1990 mayor's race in Cordova where Margy Johnson won by a single vote, but whose margin of victory rose to two after a recount.? Gail Phillips is a former Alaska Legislator and Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999.


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