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Alaska lawmakers divided on public spending for art

...the court system, spent a combined $9.1 million as a result of the art program from 2004 to 2013.Those testifying in opposition to the bill said the money would simply be spent on other components of the projects, but some committee members said they...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-01/alaska-lawmakers-divided-public-spendin
State
Three things to watch

...broadcasting and further cuts to Alaska's ferry system. A proposed cut to public broadcasting in the House drew strong public opposition, prompting the House to restore much of its proposed cut. The House also cobbled together funds from various sources to...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-30/three-things-watch
State | AK legislature
Bethel residents urge council to protest liquor store plans

BETHEL - Bethel residents packed a City Council meeting to voice their opposition to plans to open the town's only liquor store.The council heard more than 3 1/2 hours of testimony Tuesday night. Many urged...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-27/bethel-residents-urge-council-protest-l
State
Alaska tribes united in opposition of large mines

...affect us. The Southeast tribes have become unified under the United Tribal Trans-boundary Work Group and are united in our opposition to these large mines in our Sacred Headwaters. We have been here for many thousands of years and will be here long after...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2015-03-22/alaska-tribes-united-opposition-large
Letters
My Turn: Economic freedom: A magic pill we shouldn't swallow

...complaints about the Export-Import Bank, opposition to increasing the national gas tax and...even that is inextricably tied to their opposition to everything under the Obamacare umbrella...rhetoric is partly unmasked by their opposition to Medicaid expansion and increasing...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-03-27/my-turn-economic-freedom-magic-pill-w
Opinion
Senate passes resolution opposing Aleutians marine sanctuary

...Dillingham Rep. Bryce Edgmon, and passed the House earlier in March. It now goes to Gov. Bill Walker to sign.The resolution notes a lack of local support for new protections in the Aleutians and details opposition from some communities.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-26/senate-passes-resolution-opposing-aleut
State
City's citizens save the trees

...community's interest." The treesCBJ Senior Planner Beth McKibben told the Planning Commission the city recognizes the residents' opposition to the tree removal and staff does not recommend any decision on the trees in particular, only in supporting the construction...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-03-27/citys-citizens-save-trees
Local
Senate to consider latest version of marijuana bill

...Finance Committee's version of SB 30, with Sens. Dennis Egan, Johnny Ellis, Berta Gardner and Bill Wielechowski voting in opposition.The bill would update state crimes now that certain recreational use and possession of marijuana is legal for adults 21...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-25/senate-consider-latest-version-marijuan
State | AK legislature
Public testimony planned on hunting, fishing license fees

...fishing and hunting organizations supported the bill and increased fees in general, although some individuals testified in opposition.According to information provided to the committee, the increases could bring in about $4 million to $5 million in additional...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-25/public-testimony-planned-hunting-fishin
State
Pope Francis at 2-year mark

...While every pope has faced some opposition, the paradox over Francis' enormous...with any reform plan, there has been opposition from prelates resisting full disclosure...predecessors wore.They have been joined in opposition by conservative prelates intent on preventing...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-03-13/pope-francis-2-year-mark
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