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Natives form coalition for addressing economic problems in Southeast Alaska dividend program derived from the Alaska Permanent Fund, and in the next legislative session, adopt an energy cost relief program. Elizabeth Bluemink can be reached at .
School Board looks at coming year's priorities

...includes legislative financial relief for mandated employer retirement rate increases, increased formula funding, energy cost relief and extending the compulsory attendance law to 17-years-old. Current state law requires students to attend school...
Palin rolls out 4% budget increase

...communities to prioritize," Palin said. She said she'd encourage them to spend the money on property tax and energy cost relief. Stedman said he doubted there was support in the Legislature for that, and the cuts to regional projects might...
Lawmakers claim enough votes to override Palin

...passed a bill accepting all federal money. Palin accepted all the stimulus funds except for the $28.56 million for energy cost relief. Palin said she rejected the stimulus money because it came with a string attached: a requirement to adopt building...
Campbell supports Palin's stimulus veto

...passed a bill accepting all federal money. Palin accepted all the stimulus funds except for $28.5 million in energy cost relief, saying it would require her to entice communities to adopt building codes. The Alaska Legislature will convene...
Lawmakers plan special session in Anchorage

...Legislators found few strings and accepted all federal money. Palin eventually signed off on all but $28.5 million in energy cost relief, insisting that accepting it would require a state energy code - she said communities should decide their own codes...
Plans to help cities headed to Legislature

...check in 2004; or creating a permanent endowment, using half of the $1.5 billion surplus to provide long-term energy-cost relief to Alaskans. Another idea from Senate Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz is to use part of the budget surplus to fund...
Palin's rate cut plan likely worth less in Juneau

...well, including Fairbanks and most rural communities on diesel generation. During Palin's announcement of her energy cost relief plan, questions were raised but not answered about whether private, investor-owned utilities such as AEL&P...
Palin to offer plans for state energy relief

...Palin to expand the call of the already scheduled special legislative session to "include measures that help provide energy cost relief to Alaskans." Thomas' bill stalled in the House Finance Committee last session, at a time when Harris was a member...
Alaska editorial: Juneau's current electricity crisis merits state help

...take action by the Legislature. Fortunately, lawmakers are likely to meet later this summer to discuss statewide energy cost relief. During that session, legislators may need to tweak the Power Cost Equalization program anyway. Juneau's electricity...


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