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Lawmakers focus on 3 bills

...Senate versions of major bills. "There's a lot of discussions going on to try to get to the middle," said Sen. Gary Wilken, R-Fairbanks, who is on the panel to iron out Senate Bill 141, a proposal to rewrite the state's retirement system...
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...
Bill reroutes some permanent fund money to state operations

...favor of the bill were Republican Sens. Taylor, Fred Dyson of Eagle River, Lyda Green of Wasilla, Ralph Seekins and Gary Wilken of Fairbanks, Gary Stevens of Kodiak, Gene Therriault of North Pole, Thomas Wagoner of Kodiak, and Ben Stevens...
State Senate spurns minimum wage increase for the bill allowing the wage deduction for fish plant workers were Democrats Hoffman, Lincoln and Olson and Republicans Alan Austerman, John Cowdery, Lyda Green, Loren Leman, Phillips, Ben Stevens, Robin Taylor and Gary Wilken.
Correspondence school granted one-year reprieve

...Murkowski's administration has said closing the school in Juneau will save the state at least $1.2 million a year. Sen. Gary Wilken, a Fairbanks Republican, spoke in favor of House Bill 174. He said there are alternatives for the students that weren't...
Committee approves bonds for virology lab and schools the school. The original program from 2002 was available to all municipalities and boroughs in the state. Sen. Gary Wilken, R-Fairbanks, said the state already has established $720 million in bond debt from the original program and the...
Sen. Seekins eyes governor's seat

...intention to run for governor is May 31, 2006. The general election will be on Nov. 7, 2006. Senate Finance Chairman Gary Wilken, R-Fairbanks, said Seekins would make a fine governor if elected. "He has the ability to bring people to the middle...
State finds $1 million to cover Delta Junction debt

...Lawmakers added a provision that would write off the debt if the city decides to join an organized borough. Sen. Gary Wilken, a Fairbanks Republican, has urged unincorporated areas such as Delta Junction to form boroughs in an effort to shoulder...
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...
Shaking up views of gas pipeline

...and the public got their first peek at the contract five weeks ago and are just now grasping all of it, said Sen. Gary Wilken, R-Fairbanks. "I think I came away from the meeting with a better appreciation for the viability of the project...


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