Alaska Editorial: Too many laws

...the time or not.No exceptions.This clarifies a 2005 law banning smoking in public places. Fine, it's OK for local government to choose to be smoke-free.But, private businesses should be able to choose whether to be smoke-free or not...
Empire Editorial: Pay now, not later

...namely municipalities, who contribute to the retirement systems. With that said, everyone who benefits from local government - all of us - wins. Without the cash injection, municipalities will see their payments balloon out of control during...
My Turn: Downtown monoculture squeezing out small businesses

...the offseason.Those who run small businesses in Juneau fight an uphill battle against weather, prejudice and a local government that was made to favor seasonal tourism. Juneau could very well become like Skagway, a town that floods and empties...
Seeking a transfusion: Hospital CEO finalists meet city leaders and the public

...would like to build a "philosophical and ethical continuity" among staff, physicians, management, community and local government."That will give us the confidence necessary to move forward," Abercrombie said.Chuck Bill, assistant administrator...
Empire Editorial: Keep the light on local government - vote 'No' on HB275 notify itself. This gives local government far too much control in when...monitor itself. HB275 will enable local government to do just that. As recent...about the happenings inside local government - and that's only because...
Our local governments deserve more respect

...legislative retaliation. I first became involved in local government in my mid-20s as a transportation commissioner...justification for the necessity of any concessions, was a local government property tax holiday to the major North Slope oil...
Opinion: Transparency: Not Republican, not Democrat

...citizens have the right, and often the need, to know.Local government has the biggest impact in the lives of citizens on...state-shared dollars or federal grants, loans and funding, local government is 100 percent taxpayer funded. The decisions being...
Alaska Editorial: Education funding needs to rise

...test out" of a class if they can demonstrate they already know the material.The piece that most educators and local government officials are likely focused on is the first one: the proposed increase in per-student funding by the state...
Draft proposes gas tax rate, subsidiary change

...mayors last week, said he planned to establish through administrative order a "more formal mechanism" to assure local government input and participation in gas line talks. He did not elaborate.Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said by email...
State | AK legislature
Citizen-led drive aimed at changing Homer's status to home-rule

Tired of complaining about local government, Homer resident Ken Castner...became more educated about what local government really is."A proponent of...people signing up to learn about local government, department by department...


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