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My Turn: Gov. Walker should be required to explain why he isn't violating state law

On July 16, despite low projected oil prices, an ongoing budget crisis, and warnings across the country about cost issues associated with Medicaid expansion, Gov. Bill Walker...
Shell to cut jobs to cope with long period of cheap oil

...prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices.Shell expects to eliminate 6...second quarter of 2014."Today's oil price downturn could last for several years...has to be resilient in today's oil price environment, even though we see...
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announces intent to expand Medicaid

...would be "foolish" to pass up federal money that could help the economy of a state facing budget deficits amid low oil prices.Senate Finance Committee co-chair Pete Kelly said regardless of the federal money, the state can't afford the...
My Turn: Governor's tax credit veto is churlish conversation starter

...including our state's AAA bond rating, which has a trickle-down effect on local governments' borrowing rates. With oil prices low, and expected to be so for years, local governments will have to borrow to complete projects for which the state...
My Turn: Why I vetoed $200 million in oil tax credits

...state revenue losses caused by low oil prices.Writing a budget to meet our changing...reductions across state government. As oil prices continued to drop, the legislature...revenue. We cannot hope and wait for oil prices to go back up.It is time we all...
Tough budget decisions remain

...agree to a budget after a crash in oil prices contributed to a severe reduction...revenue.Barring a huge rebound in oil prices, things aren't expected to get...agreements allowing them to be reopened if oil prices reach or fall to certain levels...
Empire Editorial: Walker's tax credit cut a fair move

...System.Slashing payouts to the oil industry is the necessary move if Alaska is ever to balance its budget amid low oil prices. No entity, whether private business or governmental, should be getting a free ride, let alone taking more from the...
Walker uses veto ax on oil tax credits

...incentives that don't drain its resources, he said.The state is running deficits, a situation exacerbated by low oil prices, and is using money from savings to balance the budget.In a letter to legislative leaders Monday, in which he announced...
Tough budget decisions remain in Alaska

...Alaska legislators to agree to a budget after a crash in oil prices contributed to a severe reduction in the state's available revenue.Barring a huge rebound in oil prices, things aren't expected to get much easier.While...
My Turn: Solving Alaska's budget problem not completely wrong, it fails to give proper context. The part of the budget that has ballooned in years of high oil prices is the capital budget. And yes, while the state agency budget has risen, it has risen mostly in response to population...


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