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Alaska Editorial: Time for Alaskans to engage in budget process

The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion:The commissioner of the state Department of Revenue was in Kenai this week to give a presentation on the scope of Alaska's fiscal crisis - and looking for input from Alaskans to address the issue.Randall Hoffbeck spoke to a joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce, and when it comes to looking for ways to ensure expenditures don't outpace revenue, a roomful of business owners is probably a good place to start.
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.
Edna Bay is newest Alaska city

A state commissioner signed off this week on Edna Bay's cityhood, making it Alaska's newest second-class city and the first to incorporate in a decade.
Years of allegations, months of investigation

The report released Thursday is the result of months of investigation into accusations of sexual assault within the Alaska National Guard. The allegations go back years.
Ferry worker union rejects tentative contract

JUNEAU - A union representing the licensed captains and officers who work on the Alaska Marine Highway System has rejected a tentative contract agreement - and has not ruled out a possible strike.
UAS vies to reinstate superintendent certification program

Much like school administrators and principals need certifications to hold those positions, so to do superintendents.
The cost of travel by sea

Not many shipping companies pay more than $1,100 for every passenger they service, but that's the average cost to the state of Alaska for each Marine Highway System user.
State | Local | AK legislature
Minimum wage bill passes state House

The measure approved by the House was changed on the floor to raise the wage to $9 an hour in 2015 and to $10 an hour in 2016 - those numbers had been $8.75 and $9.75, respectively. It would be adjusted annually for inflation each year after that.
State | AK legislature
5 Alaska State Troopers sue over union dues

JUNEAU - Five Alaska State Troopers are suing over the way union dues are collected, arguing the current system infringes upon their constitutional rights.
Governor cuts prisoner transportation program funds

Anchorage police jokingly call the cops who shuttle prisoners to court "cabbies for convicts," but the top brass weren't laughing when Gov. Frank Murkowski vetoed funding to turn the job over to the state.


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