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New court fees to affect citizens, lawyers and media

The state of Alaska has increased its court fees to, in part, make up for declining revenue. A new rule raising state court fees that started Aug. 1 will lead to increased costs for everyone from citizens to lawyers and reporters.
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My Turn: Will Alaska cash in on its natural gas?

...But in order for the project to move forward, Alaska's government, a partner in the project, must commit to supporting...they will not comply. To minimize those risks, Alaska's government should signal to production companies through supportive...
Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for June 15, 2015

...Thumbs down to an ending. It should have come a lot sooner. We will probably never know what we've lost. Alaska's government didn't shut down - the Legislature acted in time - but what price do you put in lost confidence and lost trust...
State land auction is biggest in 20 years

The spring 2015 state land auction netted Alaska's government $2.6 million, the most of any land auction in 20 years, according to an email from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources...
State budget director discusses taxes

...the possibility of "slash and burn" budget cuts that could cause a mass exodus from the state.Huge cuts to Alaska's government in the 1980s caused Alaskans to move away, he said.Small tax increases across the board are an option that should...
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In solidarity with Seattle, Juneauites protest Polar Pioneer

...of offshore oil leasing in the Chukchi Sea.Redmond said the group is advocating for a more diverse economy so Alaska's government can get away from being almost 90 percent funded by oil revenue.She said it's been "completely inspiring...
My Turn: Government shutdown won't happen

...Alaskan man, woman and child is over $11,000 per person. Do you or your children have $11,000 to spend on Alaska's government in the next two years? Like most Alaskan families, probably not. Thanks to Alaska's forefathers, who created...
Letter to the Editor: Start a state lottery

...the right attention. If you think a Alaska PFD Lottery is a good idea, please help form a community voice for Alaska's Government to hear.Note, Bingo is OK, but Alaska is capable of stepping it up a bit.Thank you for considering an Alaska...
Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for Feb. 2, 2015

...much of rural Alaska is connected to the Internet via slow satellite connections. Land links are expensive, and Alaska's government isn't going to be in a position to subsidize those links anytime soon.Thumbs up to halibut. The International...
My Turn: With session over, there's much to be happy about

...opposition to this improvement, which is baffling. This is the highway from the airport to the Capitol, the heart of Alaska's government. There's no sense in it remaining poorly lit.This year's capital budget also provides funds to repave Egan...


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