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My Turn: Medicaid expansion is a good thing

...in hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds, which is cash flow that Alaska very much needs right now. Our oil revenue is in a major slump, and we don't have a viable alternate source at this time although we've talked about needing...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-07-27/my-turn-medicaid-expansion-good-thing
Opinion
Obama on Iran deal: Only way to avert an arms race

...weapon. In exchange, Iran will see biting economic sanctions eventually lifted, freeing up billions of dollars in oil revenue and frozen assets.Obama, taking questions from reporters in the East Room, said that in the absence of a deal...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-16/obama-iran-deal-only-way-avert-arms-r
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Iran accord: 'New chapter' or a 'historic mistake'?

...Tehran's nuclear efforts short of building a bomb. The agreement could give Iran access to billions in frozen assets and oil revenue, stave off more U.S. military action in the Middle East and reshape the tumultuous region.The deal sets in motion...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-07-15/iran-accord-new-chapter-or-historic-m
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State budget director discusses taxes

...4.9 billion in state unrestricted general fund spending planned for this fiscal year but only $2.2 billion in oil revenue, the state is in the red by $2.7 billion. The Legislature voted to dip into the constitutional budget reserve...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-17/state-budget-director-discusses-taxes
State | Local
State moves forward on Road plan

...Juneau Access Improvement Project and other big-ticket state projects in December, citing the state's dwindling oil revenues and cash-strapped budget.The $574 million road would be bankrolled at 90 percent by the federal government. But...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-15/state-moves-forward-road-plan
State | Local
Gov. signs first tax increase in 10 years

...crude oil and refined fuel spills of varying sizes per year. The division's work has historically been funded by oil revenue, but declining crude prices left a multimillion-dollar hole in its budget for the coming fiscal year.The bill...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-28/gov-signs-first-tax-increase-10-years
State
In solidarity with Seattle, Juneauites protest Polar Pioneer

...is advocating for a more diverse economy so Alaska's government can get away from being almost 90 percent funded by oil revenue.She said it's been "completely inspiring" to build Alaska CAN, which started meeting in January."I'm blown...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-06-19/solidarity-seattle-juneauites-protest-p
Local
Solutions for Alaska's fiscal future

...reserves and other Permanent Fund revenue to fill the oil revenue gap. I submit there is another way. If we increase...incursions on the Permanent Fund. The need is to replace oil revenue with a diverse base of vibrant businesses that access...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2015-06-14/solutions-alaskas-fiscal-future
Letters
My Turn: Juneau's boneless chicken ranch caucus

...set up a perpetual annuity for the citizens of Alaska and to fund state government when oil revenue started to wane. Every year, a portion of oil revenue is deposited into the Permanent Fund, which is surrounded by constitutional razor wire...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-06-09/my-turn-juneaus-boneless-chicken-ranc
Opinion
Alaska Editorial: Governor's conference will begin much-needed revenue discussion

...budget, and the state needs input from all sectors of its residents and industries. Gov. Bill Walker's conference next weekend is an important step in a long-overdue conversation on how Alaska can move forward as oil revenues wane.

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-06-02/alaska-editorial-governors-conference
Opinion

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