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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...passed an operating budget June 11 - and notices warning of layoffs if a budget wasn't passed by July 1 were rescinded.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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
$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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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