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Senate GOP announces committee leaders

...majority announced committee leadership assignments Wednesday, picking Mat-Su Sen. Lyda Green and Fairbanks Sen. Gary Wilken to co-chair the powerful Senate Finance Committee. Wilken will oversee the capital budget and the flow of legislation...
Alaska editorials: Budget deficit inevitable

This editorial first appeared in The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Sound off on the important issues at Sen. Gary Wilken's soapbox has been reduced to the size of a matchbox as the result of his relegation to minority status in the state...
My turn: How the Legislature can control school costs

A conclusion in search of a study" is a clever quip from Senate Finance Chairman Gary Wilken, regarding the area cost differential (ACD). This study attempts to fairly calculate the relative costs of educating students...
Wilken proposes dividends for city governments

...would create a sustainable community dividend program to share revenue with local governments, under a plan state Sen. Gary Wilken plans to propose. If the Alaska Legislature backs up the Fairbanks Republican, the plan would distribute an estimated...
Wrangell: Bill promotes new boroughs

...form a borough developed new urgency with the introduction of Senate Bill 323 on Feb. 25 by Fairbanks Republican Sen. Gary Wilken. The measure requires mandatory borough formation for six regions of the state and names Wrangell/Petersburg as one...
State looks at merging school districts

...smallest school districts should be combined with other districts. Gov. Frank Murkowski and Senate Finance Co-Chairman Gary Wilken, a Fairbanks Republican, are pushing the consolidation idea, which is almost certain to be opposed by many of the...
Plan would use permafund to cover deficits

...long-term fiscal plan is scarce in a year when the state expects hundreds of millions in windfall oil money. But Sen. Gary Wilken, R-Fairbanks, said when high oil prices drop, the state will face the same fiscal gap it has over the past decade...
Finance co-chair criticizes energy assistance program

...governor's proposed $6.45 million small city energy assistance program seems arbitrary and potentially divisive, Sen. Gary Wilken said Monday. The energy assistance money would be given to 125 communities in grants from $25,000 to $75,000...
Schools may lose $75,000

...School District about $75,000 a year, local officials say. Senate Bill 290, sponsored by Fairbanks Republican Sen. Gary Wilken, would set fiscal 2001 as a baseline for fully reimbursing school districts' contracts with bus lines. In future...
Teacher housing bill passes committee

...teachers to get housing loans through the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. Senate Bill 25 by Fairbanks Republican Sen. Gary Wilken would allow teachers, counselors and administrators to borrow money for homes with no down payment. "Every year the...


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