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My Turn: Anger over education cuts are justified

...As I said in a previous column, if the oil companies can adjust their workforce due to these difficult times of low oil prices, why shouldn't the state do likewise and adjust tax credits. Instead, according to Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks...
Special session kicks into gear Tuesday

...effort to cut costs and reduce the size of government as the state grapples with a multibillion-dollar deficit amid low oil prices.Walker's budget, like the compromise plan, would not forward-fund education for fiscal year 2017, his budget...
Fliers get a bit of relief as summer airfares fall

...percent, higher than it was in 2012. European trips are $60, or 3.9 percent, more expensive.Travelers can thank lower oil prices and more seats on planes for keeping this summer's airfare in check.Airlines at the start of the year paid $2...
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House Democrats, Walker see Medicaid expansion as priority

...reserve fund to cover the state government's costs. The state is facing a projected multibillion-dollar deficit amid low oil prices.Fifteen of the Senate's 20 members are in the majority, and caucus rules call for members to vote for the budget...
Sides entrench in budget fight

...majority said everything must be on the table as the state grapples with multibillion-dollar budget deficits amid low oil prices and trying to preserve its reserves for as long as possible.Committee members said that if people think this year...
Senate Finance members defend budget proposal

...restored, and have indicated they're willing to fight to get a budget they can support. But Senate Finance members said everything needs to be on the table as the state grapples with multibillion-dollar budget deficits amid low oil prices.
Capital budget stripped

...expectations for the capital budget, given the multibillion-dollar deficit the state is facing this year and next amid low oil prices.MacKinnon said the primary goal is to leverage federal dollars, which make up the vast majority of funding identified...
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Northrim: Oil tax credits will pay off

...deficit? Alaska should trim its budget by about a billion dollars, but the current deficit is a product of unusually low oil prices and won't last. Though better times are predicted, the break-even point for the state's budget without that...
Teachers' union launches ad after proposed education cuts

...approved for schools last session.The proposed cuts come as the state grapples with multibillion-dollar deficits amid low oil prices.NEA-Alaska president Ron Fuhrer, in a release, said Alaska kids should be held harmless as lawmakers address...
New 'worst-case scenario' for Juneau schools would cut 18 teachers - and more

...been with the school district for almost 10 years and has worked in education in Alaska for more than 30. He's seen low oil prices and lean budgets before, but acknowledged this will be a challenge for Juneau. Citing shortfalls over the past years...


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