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Building on numbers: Identifying problems

...statistical survey sampling a small percentage of the population each year, "is not really giving accurate data for energy costs for rural communities," at least where Alaska is concerned.Bethel was ranked as 19 percent cost-burdened with...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-10-02/building-numbers-identifying-problems
Local
My Turn: Where's the Governor?

...conference and gubernatorial forum. This statewide audience of mayors and local officials addressed their concerns regarding energy costs, stable revenue sharing, unfunded mandates and arctic policies. These folks are the boots on the ground in our cities...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-08-24/my-turn-wheres-governor
Opinion
Evolution of Alaska's oil taxes

...were rising at the time, along with fuel prices at the pump, and legislators were getting heat from constituents over energy costs.Lawmakers responded by increasing the index of the progressivity formula so that the tax rate went up faster - from...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-13/evolution-alaskas-oil-taxes
State
Study says shellfish could be doomed

...levels and fewer job alternatives than other parts of Alaska, the report states. For communities with high food and energy costs, ocean acidification could be another hit, the research says.According to the NOAA, Alaska's high-latitude...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-30/study-says-shellfish-could-be-doomed
State
Report: More acidic seawater poses risks in Alaska

...levels and fewer job alternatives than other parts of Alaska, the report states. For communities with high food and energy costs, ocean acidification could be another hit, the research says.According to the NOAA, Alaska's high-latitude...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-29/report-more-acidic-seawater-poses-risks
State
My Turn: Path to prosperity doesn't include more taxes

...considered along with the recent assessment increases many homeowners and businesses experienced, increasing food and energy costs, and the proposed increased water rates that will double our current rates over 10 years. The increase to most businesses...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-05-01/my-turn-path-prosperity-doesnt-includ
Opinion
My Turn: Alaska can't afford two mega-energy projects

...will still need the gas regardless."The Susitna dam would also fail to meet the needs of rural Alaskans who face energy costs that can reach upwards of half their disposable income, according to Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel. As part of...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-08/my-turn-alaska-cant-afford-two-mega-e
Opinion
Panel puts more money for education in budget

...proposed in the budget bill. That extra money in the past has been provided to help districts address needs such as energy costs.A total of $100 million would be included for the following fiscal year, distributed according to the average daily...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-03-30/panel-puts-more-money-education-budget
State | AK legislature
Senate Finance advances gas line bill

...wanting to ensure the benefit of a gas line is spread to all Alaskans - including in rural communities suffering from high energy costs. During Friday's Senate Finance Committee hearing, Hoffman said the provision would go a long way toward making...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-03-16/senate-finance-advances-gas-line-bill
State | AK legislature
Meeting of the minds is head-on collision

...the Legislature has favored one-time funding, giving school districts additional money for things like security or energy costs. The amount varies and usually isn't determined until the final days of the Legislative session. That forces school...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-02-21/meeting-minds-head-collision
State | AK legislature

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