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My Turn: Legislature should mirror Big Oil's reaction to low prices

...fueled by oil at $100 a barrel. Now, oil is in the $40-$50 range and instead of seeing more jobs, there are news of layoffs. This is happening at a time when Alaska is expected to pay $700 million in oil tax credits this year, while only taking...
House passes fuel tax by a hair

...2016" without some help, DEC Commissioner Larry Hartig said after the Wednesday floor vote."We'd have to be starting layoffs immediately," he said.This is not Munoz's first time introducing legislation to prop up the division. She previously...
State | AK legislature
Alaska Senate reverses some cuts to University of Alaska system

...chair of the subcommittee on UA.The University of Alaska Southeast will see about $400,000 more, which will cut down on layoffs at the smallest UA school, Chancellor John Pugh said after the subcommittee meeting.Another $1.9 million added back is...
State | AK legislature
New 'worst-case scenario' for Juneau schools would cut 18 teachers - and more

...Cutting 18 teachers may be possible through natural attrition, retirements and resignations - Means said they hope to avoid layoffs - but regardless of where the cuts come, losing teachers will mean larger class sizes. Means has come up with some scenarios...
Public Safety discusses budget proposal for next year

...Alaska's Department of Public Safety is proposing to cut 24 permanent full-time positions, though an official said no layoffs are planned for the affected workers.Kelly Howell is the department's director of administrative services.She said that...
State | AK legislature
Lawmakers show no love to public media

...really good news."UAS will see about $400,000 of the money returned to the budget by the subcommitee, which means less layoffs for the school, he said. The university is preparing itself for significant staff cuts to keep in line with the leaner budget...
State | AK legislature
Ferry, timber, UAS dollars added back "took two or three years to build (it)," he said.He said the school might be able to "reduce the number of layoffs" it's anticipating and "save some programs." In February, one-fifth of the university's faculty was given notice...
State | AK legislature
Juneau service agency struggles to stay open

JUNEAU - A longtime Juneau service agency is in debt and struggling to remain open amid staff resignations and layoffs.The nonprofit Southeast Alaska Guidance Association is also in the process of moving from its main shop and office.Acting board...
Walker budget cuts 55 Juneau jobs, 174 are vacant spots that would not be filled. The rest would be layoffs.The Juneau losses account for eliminated positions and jobs that would be...katecmoritz. By The Numbers***77 positions deleted in Juneau60 are unfilled17 layoffs
My Turn: Alaska's love/hate affair with government spending

...years is a serious concern in a state where government jobs account for about one quarter all salary and wages earned. Those layoffs will translate to people going on unemployment or leaving the state. Fewer salaries means less personal spending, which will...


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