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Forum examines state's fiscal future

Closing the state's multibillion-dollar budget gap isn't going to be easy. Neither is coming up with a solution that everybody can feel good about.
Empire Editorial: UA's budget strategy is akin to climate change denial

There are two ways to address an unpleasant truth: You can confront it, or you can deny it. The University of Alaska has chosen the latter course.
Pitney to speak at Chamber luncheon

Pat Pitney, the state's director of the Office of Management and Budget, will speak to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon today.Pitney's program begins...
For Walker, Parnell's budget a placeholder

Gov. Bill Walker will submit his predecessor's recommended budget to the Legislature, but only as a placeholder. On Friday, Alaska's newest governor released former Gov.
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Report: Alaska pays $1M to settle abuse lawsuit

ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by man who claims he was placed into the adoptive care of an abusive couple.
Coastal Management ballot measure gets a foe

A new organization has formed to challenge the Coastal Management ballot measure, and make sure the Alaska Sea Party efforts get challenged before voters decide the issue in August.
House GOP independent on oil tax, budget

House Republicans indicated in a House majority caucus press conference Friday morning that they may make changes to the oil tax reform proposal and fiscal year 2014 budget submitted by Republican Gov.
City will support road to Skagway

The city of Juneau will support a road north toward Skagway when it submits comments at the state's deadline this week, city officials say.
My Turn: Why governor trimmed some federal funds

Bringing certainty to the state's future finances is a top priority for the Murkowski administration. When we proposed our budget in March, we advised the Legislature and Alaskans of two goals: spend less and reduce the state's reliance on its savings to prop up spending. The latter was extremely important because if we continued "business as usual," our savings would run out in two years. Alaska then would face a $1 billion shortfall - nearly 40 percent of the state's budget.
What Cheney fears

...issue a subpoena. The only way that the administration can refuse to volunteer the information would be for the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mitch Daniels, to certify that handing over this information would damage national...


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