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House Minority advocates for more hours of public testimony

...testify on a budget that has more dramatic impacts than we've seen in more than 20 years," he said.House Finance co-chair Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, said after the Juneau hearing that the committee is also "concerned" about not having...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-04/house-minority-advocates-more-hours-pub
State | AK legislature
Juneau testifies against budget cuts

...pre-kindergarten education; Alaska Legal Services; and the University of Alaska Southeast.One woman, who committee co-chair Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, called "bold," even said she is "willing to belly up to the bar of adulthood...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-04/juneau-testifies-against-budget-cuts
State | AK legislature
The Road's new price tag: $4 million

...funding is secured, he said at last week's Senate Finance meeting.Leading the Thursday meeting was Senate Finance co-chair Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, who, along with others on the committee, defended the project to the commissioner...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-03-03/roads-new-price-tag-4-million
Local
Pay raise issue gets attention in budget hearing

...rather than in individual departments, and is better evaluated through legislation or standing committees.House Finance co-chair Steve Thompson said there are legal problems with freezing one department's salaries and not another's.The Fairbanks...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-03/pay-raise-issue-gets-attention-budget-h
State
Medicaid expansion rejected by House Finance

...of the bill Friday.Majority representatives have called for legislation directly from the governor. House Finance co-chairs Reps. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, and Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, wrote the governor a letter Thursday, asking...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-27/medicaid-expansion-rejected-house-finan
State
Susan Bell joins McDowell group

...research.As commerce commissioner, Bell had extensive contact with community and business leaders. She served as state co-chair of the Denali Commission and as a board member for the Alaska Railroad Corporation, Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska...

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2015-03-01/susan-bell-joins-mcdowell-group
Neighbors
Finance member: Difficult decisions needed on budget

...expansion. The budget includes proposed cost-control efforts for the current Medicaid program.Both Senate Finance co-chair Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, and House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, said they would prefer to see reforms to...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-22/finance-member-difficult-decisions-need
State | AK legislature
Transportation department proposes ferry service reductions

...multibillion-dollar budget deficit.Early Monday, a co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Anna MacKinnon, said...capital projects for the coming year.Finance committee co-chairs often give lawmakers discretion in proposing how to spend...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-10/transportation-department-proposes-ferr
State
House Finance pushes back on budget

...budget director, Pat Pitney, reiterated that position Thursday.But some committee members questioned the approach. Co-chair Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, said there might be less money to work with next year, and he said lawmakers might want...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-13/house-finance-pushes-back-budget
State
Major companies in talks with state drone program

...infrastructure up there?" she said. "(Unmanned aircraft) can solve that."Rep. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, is the co-chair of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Legislative Task Force. She said after the presentation that while "it's exciting...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-12/major-companies-talks-state-drone-progr
State | AK legislature

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