After his inauguration Monday morning, Gov. Bill Walker announced two more commissioner appointees, however, not just the governor's cabinet is being rebuilt.
The Alaska Legislature is expected today to move one step closer to buying one-quarter of a trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline. Late Tuesday, the Senate finance committee discussed an updated version of SB138, the pipeline bill.
One of the proposals to repeal Alaska's high school exit exam is stuck in a House committee drawer while the financial implications of the bill are worked out.
Three national bond rating services gave Alaska generally good marks for chipping away at its structural budget deficit. One rating service continues to take a guarded view of the state's fiscal future but did not downgrade Alaska's bond rating. But overall, they are the highest lease debt ratings the state has received, said Tom Boutin, deputy commissioner for the Department of Revenue.
...Employment Services, Unemployment Insurance and Job Training through a network of Alaska Job Centers throughout the state. The division had been directed by Tom Nelson, who was recently named deputy commissioner for the department.
The state Department of Transportation laid out plans for dozens of new roads in Southeast Tuesday, putting the Juneau Access project among its top projects. Tom Briggs, deputy commissioner for the Department of Transportation, Gary Paxton, DOT's Southeast region director, and Capt. George Capacci, general manager of the Alaska Marine Highway System, laid out the new transportation plans at the 46th annual meeting of the Southeast Conference.
The community of Haines did an outstanding job of hosting the 46th annual meeting of Southeast Conference this past week and showcasing their magnificent town. Southeast Conference was formed in 1957 by a group of business and government leaders from throughout Southeast Alaska to address the need for a ferry transportation system. In his keynote address on the opening day of the three-day conference, Jim Clark, the governor's chief of staff, noted that Southeast Conference is unique in Alaska as a powerful consolidated voice of regional communities working to advance collective interests.
Record-high oil prices will send hundreds of millions to state coffers, but lawmakers and budget analysts are warning against calling new revenues a surplus.
Record-high oil prices have staved off Alaska's budget woes for the coming year, but the state's projected $653 million windfall would have likely been more than $1 billion if not for what some are calling an outdated oil tax.
The Alaska Marine Highway System needs about $97 million in fiscal year 2006 to stay afloat.
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