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Finance director paints sobering budget picture

JUNEAU - The director of the Legislative Finance Division laid out a sobering picture of the state's budget outlook Thursday, saying the economic impact of cuts needed for a sustainable state budget would be far worse than the crash Alaska saw in the 1980s.David Teal made the comment in speaking to the challenge in focusing on cuts to achieve a sustainable budget.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-27/finance-director-paints-sobering-budget
State | AK legislature
Walker plans to introduce property tax bill for gas project

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker is expected to introduce legislation setting out a framework for calculating property-tax payments for the state and municipalities from a major liquefied natural gas project.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-27/walker-plans-introduce-property-tax-bil
State | AK legislature
Walker plans to introduce property tax bill for gas project

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker is expected to introduce legislation setting out a framework for calculating property-tax payments for the state and municipalities from a major liquefied natural gas project.Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck said in an interview that the formula will be more generic than what was approved by an advisory group that includes local and state officials or what came from a review by the project's sponsors. But he said it will lay out a structure so the parties know the variables that will be involved in calculating the payments.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-26/walker-plans-introduce-property-tax-bil
State
Theatre review: A little touch of Harry

...Pig, would be even funnier if the idiosyncrasies of Fluellan's Welsh dialect were made more evident earlier.The marvelous Becky Orford doubles in several roles, all wonderfully acted but none better than her portrayal of Hostess Quickly. It made me want...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-03-25/theatre-review-little-touch-harry
Art
Committee takes up gas line board appointments

JUNEAU - New appointees to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. expressed support Monday for a major liquefied natural gas project the state is pursuing.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-24/committee-takes-gas-line-board-appointm
State
Walker: Medicaid expansion, Interior energy bill must-haves

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker says he considers Medicaid expansion and an Interior energy bill to be must-haves for the remainder of the legislative session.Walker tells The Associated Press that Medicaid expansion should be able to pass this session. Walker last week introduced a bill calling for expansion and reforms to the Medicaid program. Walker initially put expansion-related issues in the budget, but the House rejected that approach, and lawmakers called on him to introduce a bill.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-24/walker-medicaid-expansion-interior-ener
State
3 things to watch in the Legislature

JUNEAU - A state House committee plans to hear legislation this week aimed at updating the state's military code of justice.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-23/3-things-watch-legislature
State
Walker: Expand Medicaid

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker said he will introduce legislation to overhaul and expand the Medicaid system in Alaska. Walker, who campaigned on expanding Medicaid coverage, discussed his plans during a news conference Tuesday, surrounded by supporters.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-18/walker-expand-medicaid
State | AK legislature
Walker wants agencies to review cybersecurity

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker said Thursday that he has asked state agencies to review their online security procedures and those of companies the state does business with following an attack on the largest health insurance company in Alaska.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-20/walker-wants-agencies-review-cybersecur
State | AK legislature
Bill to remove some online records

JUNEAU - Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson has proposed legislation that would remove certain criminal cases from the state's online court-records system.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-17/bill-remove-some-online-records
State | AK legislature

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