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Tough budget decisions remain

...passed an operating budget June 11 - and notices warning of layoffs if a budget wasn't passed by July 1 were rescinded. But...spokeswoman Kate Wattum did not have an immediate estimate of layoffs within that system. Nearly 170 executive-level staff would...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-07-01/tough-budget-decisions-remain
Local
My Turn: Maintaining a balance

...major spending cutbacks that would throw the economy into deep recession. Likewise, cutting expenses so severely that major layoffs occur would also be a mistake. Even tinkering with the Permanent Fund may have some negative effect on our economy.Regardless...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-06-25/my-turn-maintaining-balance
Opinion
Tuck: Budget deal doesn't seem any closer

...believe lawmakers are any closer to a budget deal, with days to go before notices are sent to state workers warning of possible layoffs.Tuck and House Speaker Mike Chenault have been talking in a bid to put together a package that would garner sufficient support...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-26/tuck-budget-deal-doesnt-seem-any-closer
State
My Turn: Why I'm restoring Alaska Hire requirements

...unemployment rate is higher than the national average, as a result of sharply declining public sector employment and some layoffs in the oil and gas sector. Relatively low oil prices mean depressed capital budgets, and depressed oil company investments...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-06-14/my-turn-why-im-restoring-alaska-hire-
Opinion
Gov. threatens layoffs without budget deal

...chaos starting today.""There would be no operating funding whatsoever," she said.If a budget doesn't come through, layoffs would begin at the start of the next fiscal year: July 1. The state is obligated to give employees 30 days' notice.Walker...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-05-18/gov-threatens-layoffs-without-budget-de
Local
$5B budget approved, ending session

...ago this cut will result in state worker layoffs. Department of Administration Deputy...Ridle said in a late-May interview those layoffs would probably number in the hundreds...shutdown, including mass state employee layoffs.Walker said in a short news conference...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-11/5b-budget-approved-ending-session
State
Administration institutes hiring freeze amid budget dispute

...freeze, instituted pending a budget deal, took effect days before notices could be sent to state employees warning of possible layoffs if a budget deal isn't reached by July 1.Deputy commissioner of Administration Leslie Ridle says the departments of health...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-31/administration-institutes-hiring-freeze
State
Budget deal reached

...Pat Pitney said weeks ago this cut will result in state worker layoffs. Department of Administration Deputy Commissioner Leslie Ridle said in a late-May interview those layoffs would probably number in the hundreds.The conference committee's...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-10/budget-deal-reached
State
Compromise or 'coercion'?

...the Anchorage meeting the cut is doable, but will lead to layoffs. She didn't specify how many state workers could be laid...succeed, possibly leading to a government shutdown and mass layoffs as of July 1.Six majority members have spoken out in opposition...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-27/compromise-or-coercion
State
House agrees on budget

...R-Big Lake, brought the amendment to house bill 2001, the operating budget bill whose passage will prevent mass state worker layoffs and a partial government shutdown."This is something that didn't come easy on both sides," said House Minority Leader...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-30/house-agrees-budget
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