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Senators hear from JEDC on Alaska FIRST

...very, very impressive to see how these kids deal with this equipment and how they understand it," said the chairman of the committee, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak.Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, said after the meeting was adjourned that...
Playwright makes pitch for anti-suicide funding at the Capitol

A former Alaska state writer laureate made an appeal at the Alaska State Capitol Monday for a legislative appropriation to help pay for performances of the suicide prevention play she wrote.
Finance moves MTAB expansion ahead

A bill to add a 12th seat to the Marine Transportation Advisory Board cleared an important hurdle Friday morning, as the Senate Finance Committee voted to move it out of committee. Senate Bill 24, sponsored by Sen.
Committee restores 'Access Road' funds to capital budget

The House Finance Committee unveiled a state capital budget Saturday adding to the version already passed by the Senate, with one of Gov. Sean Parnell's major priorities for Juneau receiving funding: the Juneau Access Road project.
House Finance Committee looks at DOT&PF budget

Some 46 percent of general fund allocations for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in Gov.
Roller coaster for ed funding at hearing

Tuesday afternoon's House Finance Committee meeting offered mixed news for education funding in Alaska. The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development saw its operating budget request cut by a House Finance subcommittee, which reduced Gov.
Assembly members push back on DOT plans for Auke Bay

An Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities presentation on the Auke Bay Corridor project to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole Monday evening met with dissatisfaction from many Assemblymembers, as the department's plans for the speed limit through the area were questioned.
Lawmaker reignites oil tax debate

An influential state senator introduced a bill Friday that would undo key parts of the multi-billion dollar tax increases for oil producers enacted by the Legislature during a recent special session.
Speaking of leadership

Alaska lawmakers have adjourned and gone home. But the lawmaking year won't end until July 1 when Gov. Frank Murkowski will have made his promised cut in state spending with line-item vetoes. Some observers said before the session that the Republican-led Legislature would rubberstamp what the Republican governor proposes. Not so. The governor didn't get his gasoline tax increase, his visitor fee, or his seasonal sales tax.
My turn: Playing fast, loose with rules

Legislators who play fast and loose with their rules are likely to do the same with your rights and resources. Reps. Mike Hawker, Kevin Meyer and Mike Chenault have played fast and loose with the governing rules of the Legislature.


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