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Legislators reverse $1.75M in cuts to Alaska Marine Highway

...not restored.About $1 million of the unrestricted general fund add-back restores a month of M/V Chenega service...add-backs to the system that don't impact the state's general fund, including OKing a 4.5 percent fare increase on top...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-19/legislators-reverse-15-million-cuts-ala
State | AK legislature
Juneau School District seeks ways to save school activities amid budget cuts

...5 million cost of activities for the district.Amid cost-cutting measures, the school board determined that no general fund dollars would go toward activities, with the exception of activities staff, but "it costs $430,000 to pay our...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-15/juneau-school-district-seeks-ways-save-
Local
Alaska Editorial: Legislature's focus on cuts has avoided other half of funding equation

...Budget Reserve. Pulling from these accounts is more difficult for the Legislature than spending out of the state's general fund, but it can be done, and must be if the state is to remain fiscally solvent in the near term. The combined balance...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-14/alaska-editorial-legislatures-focus-c
Opinion
My Turn: Medicaid expansion makes sense for many reasons

...assistance by an estimated $1.5 million in FY 16 by enrolling recipients in Medicaid. All told, savings to Alaska's general fund will exceed the 10 percent match required in 2020.When we talk about Medicaid expansion, we're talking about providing...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-14/my-turn-medicaid-expansion-makes-sens
Opinion
Lawmakers sweep $94M into rainy day fund

...Finance Corporation - and can't be dumped back into the general fund after a certain number of years."The Senate opted...said. "They could have just put that money into the general fund but they just chose not to spend the money."The capital...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-11/lawmakers-sweep-94m-rainy-day-fund
State | AK legislature
Three things to watch

...agencies, which many in the House expected. The subcommittee recommendations include proposals such as eliminating general fund spending for public broadcasting and further cuts to Alaska's ferry system. A proposed cut to public broadcasting...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-30/three-things-watch
State | AK legislature
My Turn: Preserve the Permanent Fund amid cuts

...fund generates into the state's general fund or wherever else the Legislature...Permanent Fund earnings into the general fund, and ensure that only a predictable...preceding six years would flow into the general fund. This new language would in no...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-03-30/my-turn-preserve-permanent-fund-amid-
Opinion
Finance director paints sobering budget picture

...to it, before looking at additional revenue sources.The state Revenue Department last fall projected unrestricted general fund revenues of $2.2 billion for the upcoming fiscal year. To limit spending to that amount, the state would have to...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-27/finance-director-paints-sobering-budget
State | AK legislature
Empire Editorial: Take head taxes off the chopping block

...cutting off a few toes.This situation feels a bit like marine highway robbery. By putting state head tax dollars in the general fund, the fees generated from Southeast tourists could instead be used to pave Interior roads or cover the costs of some...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-05/empire-editorial-take-head-taxes-chop
Opinion
Budget passes from Senate

...broadcasting and bring back a Haines forestry job that was cut, among others.The final budget bill cut unrestricted general fund spending by $470 million. Despite many minority-endorsed amendments to add back, no changes were made to education...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-03/budget-passes-senate
State | AK legislature

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