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House budget bosses rethink cuts to ferries, timber program

House Finance committee co-chairs Reps. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, and Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, will reconsider cuts made in subcommittees to the Alaska Marine Highway System and the state timber program in Southeast, they said at a news conference...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-03-06/house-budget-bosses-rethink-cuts-ferrie
State | Local | AK legislature
Juneau testifies against budget cuts

...industry's lifeline severed - through cuts proposed by the Legislature. About 80...to speak on this reduction among other cuts during public testimony on the dramatically...of Natural Resources' timber program, cuts discussed (in no particular order) were...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-04/juneau-testifies-against-budget-cuts
State | AK legislature
Empire Editorial: Working class cuts call for working class testimony

...most common scenario. Yet the proposed cuts by the Alaska House Finance Committee stand...individuals the hardest. Think about the cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System, schools...those being directly affected by proposed cuts. Rep. Adam Wool, a Democrat from Fairbanks...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-03-04/empire-editorial-working-class-cuts-c
Opinion
Cuts meet cuts as city, schools talk budget

...discuss school budget planning for fiscal year 2016 and potential cuts due to funding uncertainty.The two committees came a head last...allocation formula, along with the governor's proposed funding cuts."You've been cutting, we've been cutting and now the...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-03-03/cuts-meet-cuts-city-schools-talk-budget
Local
House Minority advocates for more hours of public testimony

...for were able to attend, he said."The cuts in our operating budget are going to have...state," Kito said. "To propose those cuts in the Finance committee and not have the...public to weigh in and identify what those cuts mean for them means we are making our decisions...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-04/house-minority-advocates-more-hours-pub
State | AK legislature
Despite looming cut, changes to timber program debated

...would be kept. Young said during his testimony that if the staff cuts go through, "without division of forestry being the referee...life of Viking Lumber multiple times, and if they make these cuts, we'll lose the ability to do that ever again," Dahlstrom...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-03-05/despite-looming-cut-changes-timber-prog
State | Local | AK legislature
Pay raise issue gets attention in budget hearing

JUNEAU - Proposed cuts equal to employee raises in the departments...Committee.Rep. Lynn Gattis proposed such cuts in those departments' budgets during the...process. She questioned raises in a time of cuts.But as the committee heard subcommittee...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-03/pay-raise-issue-gets-attention-budget-h
State
Minority lawmakers push back on education budget proposal

...House subcommittee has proposed deeper cuts to the state education department budget...the rationale behind some of the proposed cuts. Ortiz, a former teacher who is politically...education about minerals while proposing cuts to pre-kindergarten and other programs...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-26/minority-lawmakers-push-back-education-
State | AK legislature
My Turn: A unique approach to housing pioneers

Gov. Bill Walker has bravely announced huge cuts in the operating and capital budgets. These cuts will impinge upon my favorite programs. Just like you, I'm one of those much maligned "special interests." My special interests may be different...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-02-26/my-turn-unique-approach-housing-pione
Opinion
Minority lawmakers push back on education budget proposal

JUNEAU - A House subcommittee has proposed deeper cuts to the state education department budget than Gov. Bill Walker, prompting objections...III and Dan Ortiz (or-TEHZ') questioned the rationale behind some of the proposed cuts.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-25/minority-lawmakers-push-back-education-
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