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Ferry budget add-backs reconsidered

...Highway System who celebrated a recent funding add-back in the Legislature must now...R-Fairbanks, said reconsidering ferry funding is "saying to the minority that we don't...On top of an add-back to education funding, the Democrat-led caucus has asked...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-23/ferry-budget-add-backs-reconsidered
State | AK legislature
Veterans housing goes up for Ketchikan tribal members

...The project has cost close to $700,000. KIC paid for the land purchase and residence construction with a mix of federal funding.There will be restrictions on family size or number of people in each apartment, according to Azure. Interested veterans...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-24/veterans-housing-goes-ketchikan-tribal-
State
Sides entrench in budget fight

...operating budget in the Senate, education funding became a sticking point in budget negotiations...in lawsuit over inequities in rural school funding. Walker had proposed phased-in funding.House Minority Leader Chris Tuck has said...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-22/sides-entrench-budget-fight
Local
Walker asks for more action in limbo session

...for $19 million of federal support funding as well as $45 million in federal Temporary Aid for Needy Families funding. ... One (Erin's Law) bill...you can't just give them the same funding year after year," he said.One meeting...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-23/walker-asks-more-action-limbo-session
State | AK legislature
School board OKs special election

...would make YDHS an independent alternative school.Under the state's education funding formula, that would mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra funding each year for JSD.With its current student population, YDHS is too small to be...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-22/school-board-oks-special-election
Local
Alaska Editorial: Legislature should listen on Medicaid

...to 90 percent by 2020 and remains at that level thereafter. If the federal government were to back off from that level of funding, Alaska would be free under Gov. Walker's plan to end its participation in the expansion. Estimates by the state Department...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-22/alaska-editorial-legislature-should-l
Opinion
Alaska Legislature has multiple paths to resolving fiscal impasse - including a government shutdown

With education funding and state employee union contracts still undecided...minority's requests include an add-back to education funding, Medicaid expansion and increased funding for the Alaska Marine Highway System among other things...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-21/alaska-legislature-has-multiple-paths-r
State | AK legislature
Senate Finance members defend budget proposal

...reach an agreement on a budget deal sent the Legislature into overtime. One of the main sticking points has been education funding.The Senate proposed cutting $47.5 million for schools next year. That was on top of a planned cut in the one-time schools...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-21/senate-finance-members-defend-budget-pr
State
Lawmakers approve funding source for health organizations

JUNEAU - Alaska lawmakers have voted to allow the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority to make loans to regional health organizations.The state House passed the bill, which was proposed by Sen. Lyman Hoffman, on Sunday.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-21/lawmakers-approve-funding-source-health
State
Empire Editorial: Can Juneau still afford all its schools?

...reeling from the news that a one-time funding boost promised in 2014 would be slashed...the Senate's reduction to education funding, JSD must cut an additional $2 million...Despite the massive cuts in education funding, which locally would mean increasing...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-19/empire-editorial-can-juneau-still-aff
Opinion

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