The House Finance committee showed the House majority's cards Wednesday morning when it put add-backs to education and state worker contracts on the table and told minority members to take it or leave it.
The House and Senate Finance committees both met Friday, but with much different results. The House Finance Committee heard three hours of public testimony on the operating budget.
If the Alaska Legislature continues to stall on passing a fully funded state operating budget, 15,000 of about 16,000 state employees will be sent layoff notices in preparation for a partial government shutdown, Gov.
Legislators - they're just like us. On an unexpectedly sunny Wednesday in the capital city, lawmakers could be seen walking around downtown, grabbing lunch and chatting on the sidewalks, waiting as House majority and minority leaders hash out a budget deal that will send everyone home. But Gov. Bill Walker sent a letter to legislative leaders on Wednesday, the 93rd day of session, asking lawmakers to get back into committees and make progress on a list of bills.
The group of legislators responsible for negotiating the final version of the state operating budget set eight state department budgets Monday. Its agreements included the elimination of $1.5 million left for Choose Respect programs.
Welcome to the Alaska state budget. At the Juneau Empire, we're not numbers people ? that's why we're writers and photographers, not accountants. It's tough for us to get a sense of how big the state's budget really is and how its many parts stack up to each other. We suspect a lot of you are like us.
At the end of 2014, the City and Borough of Juneau Committee of the Whole pledged to contribute $1.5 million to the Housing First Project. Now they're trying to find the money.
No department is spared under Gov. Bill Walker's promised cuts to help balance a looming $3.5 billion state budget deficit, but some departments will have it worse than others.
Just days after defending the Juneau Access Improvements Project to Gov. Bill Walker, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Acting Commissioner Pat Kemp was removed from his position, Walker spokeswoman Grace Jang confirmed.
The Juneau Access Improvements Project has lasted a quarter-century and has cost millions of dollars. As the state's fiscal climate shifts against the project, ending it could cost millions more. According to a document dated Jan. 5 and released Friday by the state, ending the Juneau Access Project or the Knik Arm Crossing could require the state to refund the federal government tens of millions of dollars.
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