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State budget director discusses taxes

...announced his plan to unilaterally expand Medicaid without Legislative approval.With $4.9 billion in state unrestricted general fund spending planned for this fiscal year but only $2.2 billion in oil revenue, the state is in the red by $2.7 billion...
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State moves forward on Road plan

...alternative for the access project)," Pitney wrote in the memo. "The Department may expend up to $900,000 of existing general fund appropriations (already allocated to the project), and associated federal funds, only as needed" to complete the...
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Convicted staffer isn't making full salary

...Legislature's budget, he said. At the end of the fiscal year, any unused money in that budget is put back into the state's general fund.As Grundmann's boss, Huggins is the only person who can speak to details of a staffer's leave and pay. Huggins...
Final state budget figures reveal fewer cuts than popularly thought

...saw a cut of about $561 million in unrestricted state general fund money includes this year's approximately $679 million...through this without some additional revenue to the general fund, but they know that."Another multibillion-dollar...
My Turn: Building a sustainable future through conversations with Alaskans

...for the coming year proposes to spend $5 billion in state general funds. We expect to receive only $2 billion in general fund revenue. That leaves a gap of $3 billion. When your family's income plummets, you have two basic options: spend...
Alaska Editorial: Reserve transfer would hurt state's future fiscal options

...state's options to deal with budget deficits in future years.The easy way to fund state government is to draw from general fund revenue - money that comes in each year from leases of oil and mineral rights, oil production revenues, license fees...
Medicaid expansion, the golden opportunity

...federal and state mandates that are not going to change. So, millions can continue to be spent from the unrestricted general fund of the state, or the money can come from Medicaid with the state only paying between 0 and 10 percent. 2. Medicaid...
My Turn: Time to complete Governor Hammond's vision

...income from the permanent fund shall be deposited in the general fund unless otherwise provided by law." Four years after...Hammond's vision.During the current fiscal year, Alaska general fund spending will total roughly $6.2 billion. In the...
My Turn: Juneau's boneless chicken ranch caucus

...Alaska Constitution in Article 9, Section 15 says: "All income from the permanent fund shall be deposited in the general fund unless otherwise provided by law." The "otherwise provided for by law" provisions for the earnings reserve are to...
My Turn: Medicaid reform is the real red herring

...Bill Walker's "Healthy Alaskan Plan" would save. Keller called that sum "paltry" compared to the state's general fund liability for Medicaid. Coghill was a member of the advisory group. Among the so-called reforms they unanimously...


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