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Alaska Editorial: Reserve transfer would hurt state's future fiscal options

...draw in such cases. The good news for legislators is there's money in the accounts to...fund would be somewhat the opposite. Legislators would take $5 billion in the reserve...dividends in 2016 because of the move, legislators up for election would likely be ousted...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-05-29/alaska-editorial-reserve-transfer-wou
Opinion
Alaska legislators, get it together

...representation of the people who elected you. This lag in passing a budget acceptable to the people by working together as legislators to find solutions has gone on too long. How many times do citizens have to tell you their positions?Once again:? I...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2015-05-27/alaska-legislators-get-it-together
Letters
My Turn: Oil tax myths

...the like to tax credits designed to provide the very revenue that will maintain these benefits. Yet, that is what some legislators are proposing - spending more money on increased salaries and new social programs - in exchange for reducing tax credits...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-05-28/my-turn-oil-tax-myths
Opinion
Yakutat organizations, community members band together to save town

...can't cut anymore," Gray said. "It's reaching a point where we're not going to recover. We need help. We need our legislators to not do the cutting they're proposing. I understand when there's no money there's no money... but our kids deserve...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-05-27/yakutat-organizations-community-members-b
Art
House offers bill for Perm Fund draw

...Republican-led House and Senate majorities would be allowed to tap the $10 billion CBR with just a simple majority vote, or 32 of 60 legislators.The legislation also calls for a second transfer of $1.5 billion from the earnings reserve to the Permanent Fund principal...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-26/house-offers-bill-perm-fund-draw
State | AK legislature
Does minority want shutdown?

...threshold to access the CBR.A few vocal legislators in the minority are trying to force...being degraded because House minority legislators are refusing to tap the CBR. Why the...irresponsible and short-sighted.Minority legislators are threatening to send Alaska into...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2015-05-26/does-minority-want-shutdown
Letters
Pass a full years budget

...Canada and leaving Alaska.I urge you all to write your state legislators and urge them to not raid the Permanent Fund Earning Reserves...budget by using the Constitutional Budget Reserve.Urge your legislators to expand Medicaid now. And urge them to stop all spending...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2015-05-24/pass-full-years-budget
Letters
Empire Editorial: Time for a legislative remodel

...How did we get here, and who is responsible for allowing this unsustainable spending to go unchecked? Below is a list of legislators ranked by their time in office. Next time you go to the polls, remember this session and ask yourself if your lawmaker...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-05-24/empire-editorial-time-legislative-rem
Opinion
In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave

...many people who never use it, said Newberry, the House minority leader. He thinks the insurance should be privatized.Legislators are considering allowing employees covered by disability insurance through their employers to opt out of the state program...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-05-26/rhode-island-residents-gush-about-pai
Not For Web
My Turn: An overdue ounce of prevention

...that the bill died was palpable. In 2015, to the rescue came the bipartisan efforts of two Republican and two Democrat legislators who introduced four versions of Erin's law. House Majority Leader Charisse Millett (R) sponsored and Representative...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-05-25/my-turn-overdue-ounce-prevention
Opinion

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