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My Turn: Time to revisit rural education

...hundreds of economically unviable communities - not connected by roads and lacking adequate housing, schooling, and basic services - I once proposed we determine which regional centers had the most viable economic potential and focus on providing...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-30/my-turn-time-revisit-rural-education
Opinion
As the Alaska Legislature makes cuts, ripples will splash across the state

...any means," she said.Branson said Kodiak puts its revenue share into its general fund and uses the money to fund basic services: police, firefighting, roads and water and sewer. The city's overall goal, she said, is "to keep the toilets flushing...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-29/alaska-legislature-makes-cuts-ripples-w
State | AK legislature
Legislature prepares to pass the baton on marijuana

...inspectors. To cover expenses already incurred, she asked for another $786,000. With the state slashing even basic services like education, the requests drew attention.Franklin said the state is starting to see illegal operations pop up...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-19/legislature-prepares-pass-baton-marijua
State | AK legislature
Thumbs up, Thumbs down for April 13, 2015

...In most communities, that wouldn't be a problem, but Hyder isn't most communities. It relies on Stewart for basic services including emergency medical care. A road into Canada is Hyder's only link to the outside world.Unfortunately...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-13/thumbs-thumbs-down-april-13-2015
Opinion
My Turn: No more

...as the best-managed in the world. We have used our resource income to build roads and schools, and to provide basic services that Americans elsewhere take for granted - such as running water and electricity. Knowing that resource revenue is...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-02-01/my-turn-no-more
Opinion
My Turn: Alaska has given away the oil and gas farm - again

...and expanded so many tax breaks and earmarked so much money for special projects that there's no longer enough for basic services."Does this not sound familiar, considering how we watched the Alaska Legislature struggle with education funding...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-27/opinion-alaska-has-given-away-oil-and
Opinion
My Turn: CBJ budget deficit a chance to reexamine our priorities

...believe the current budget challenges provide an opportunity to reexamine the spending by our borough and refocus on the basic services articulated in our city charter.? Frank Bergstrom is treasurer of the First Things First Alaska Foundation.

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-01/my-turn
Opinion
Farm bill includes payments to rural counties for federal land

...omitted from a budget deal approved this month. The bill authorizes $425 million to help rural communities pay for basic services such as police and fire protection and road maintenance.The House approved the farm bill Wednesday on a 251-166...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-01-30/farm-bill-includes-payments-rural-count
State
Homer News celebrates 50 years

...big issue of the time: How should Homer be governed? A civic entity called the Public Utility District provided basic services, but in the early 1960s a move toward incorporation built up steam.That was the front page story of the Jan. 7...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-01-05/homer-news-celebrates-50-years
State
Wrangell considers sales tax reduction

...that's the highest, along with Kodiak, in the state.The sales tax brings in about $503,000 a year. It supports basic services such as police and public schools plus extras such as the spring health fair and Fourth of July fireworks, KSTK-radio...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-09-29/wrangell-considers-sales-tax-reduction
State

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