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Not done yet

...the House and Senate have endorsed an increase in the allocation of about $650 over three years to help districts stave off cuts."There's a simple fix to this stalemate," Senate Minority Leader Hollis French, D-Anchorage, said in a statement Monday...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-23/not-done-yet
State
Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

...budget-balancing options before making a final call. It also has yet to decide on tightening city grant funding; Capital Transit cuts that will affect the newly finished transit plan; and decreased funding for the school district. Further discussion will take...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-04-21/thumbs-thumbs-down
Local
Education a sticking point as session ends

...NEA-Alaska called for an increase in funding through the formula over what the House proposed, as a way to help districts stave off cuts and be able to plan ahead better. Becca Bernard with Great Alaska Schools likened the Senate approach to someone in a financial...

http://juneauempire.com/weddings/2014-04-21/education-sticking-point-session-end
State | AK legislature
Jobs, taxes and buildings: Behind CBJ's austerity offensive

...caused city management to propose some big cuts. While some are still being discussed...but no matter how they slice it, major cuts are needed to get city coffers back on...don't think that we've had this many cuts ... that we have to juggle around to...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-04-20/jobs-taxes-and-buildings-behind-cbjs-au
Local
My Turn: Ryan budget means harsh cuts for Alaskans

...an average of $2,000 per year.? Cuts the Head Start program by $19 billion...564 seniors, lays off 60 teachers and cuts Pell Grants for 850 Alaskan college...economics."Particularly harsh are the cuts to veterans health care. According...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-13/my-turn-ryan-budget-means-harsh-cuts-
Opinion
Education funding picture still murky

...Board member Andi Story said. "This is still going to mean cuts when we do budget predictions in the fall."If passed as-is...District, which recently passed a budget with $4.5 million in cuts, said David Means, the district's director of administrative...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-20/education-funding-picture-still-murky
State | Local
19,000 Alaskans fall in health 'coverage gap' of Obamacare

...without health care, she said.Individuals who purchase health insurance through the federal marketplace are eligible for price cuts if their employers do not provide coverage, they're not eligible for coverage from any other source and their household income...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-04-18/19000-alaskans-fall-health-coverage-gap
Local
Juneau Assembly will take second look at pool closure

...city manager Kim Kiefer's recommended cuts, putting the remaining items on a "pending...reduction in grants and program funding, and cuts to the Juneau School District and Capital...of $3.6 million in recommended budget cuts to help balance a $12 million shortfall...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-04-17/juneau-assembly-will-take-second-look-p
Local
Letter: Education needs to be bipartisan effort

...from a fourth year of teacher and staff cuts, we should applaud them. Gov. Sean Parnell...Monday unfortunately leads to classroom cuts for three more years. Alaskans who speak...in voting to reverse years of classroom cuts. Public education should be bipartisan...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2014-04-13/letter-education-needs-be-bipartisan-
Letters
The cost of travel by sea

...considered by Juneau lawmakers includes another $3.1 million in cuts. Kemp told the Empire Friday that the trend would likely continue...of some routes and increasing fare costs to offset the budget cuts, Kemp said."We're going to be lucky to keep what we have...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-13/cost-travel-sea
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