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My Turn: Anger over education cuts are justified

Did you know that the Alaska Senate majority recently requested the media...many unhappy emails, so the Senate majority called a news conference Tuesday...in the Alaska Dispatch, the Senate majority was desiring a "heavy-lifting...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-26/my-turn-anger-over-education-cuts-are
Opinion
Lawmakers plan work on marijuana bills over interim

...LeDoux said her preference is to remove marijuana from that list, but some committee members want it on there.Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, said lawmakers will also work over the interim on a bill addressing how municipalities...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-26/lawmakers-plan-work-marijuana-bills-ove
State
Leaders raise potential of budget vote without reserve draw

...authorizing a draw from Alaska's constitutional budget reserve fund.House Speaker Mike Chenault said if the House and Senate majorities reach an agreement on education funding, which has been a sticking point in talks, they could finish up the budgets...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-26/leaders-raise-potential-budget-vote-wit
State
Photos: Session continues

Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, left, speaks with Senate President Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, during a session called at the Capitol on Sunday.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-27/photos-session-continues
Local
Walker asks for more action in limbo session

...news conference that hammered home the point that the state's fiscal situation is bleak, and to announce that the Senate majority will "not be held hostage (by the House) to spend more money that we don't have. Period," Senate Finance co-chair...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-23/walker-asks-more-action-limbo-session
State | AK legislature
Juneau powerless in bill

...start construction about a year from now, he said. About $5 million has already been invested, Mitchell said.Senate majority members are not keen on seeing any projects tacked back on to the Interior Energy Project bill. Senate Finance co-chair...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-22/juneau-powerless-bill
Local | AK legislature
After budget, legislators' work might not be done

...discussed for this fall to take up issues related to a major liquefied natural gas project the state is pursuing.Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, said Monday that he thinks Walker could get "another handful of people supporting...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-20/after-budget-legislators-work-might-not
State
Egan's attempt to save Haines forestry office fails in Senate

...at 286,000 acres, is the second-largest state forest in Alaska.While Egan's amendment failed largely along Senate majority/minority lines (Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, was the only majority member to vote in its favor), the main...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-17/egans-attempt-save-haines-forestry-offi
State | AK legislature
Ralliers demand Medicaid expansion

...the Legislature; the Republican-led House and Senate majorities want to see the existing Medicaid program streamlined...the version they have in committee.Members of the Senate majority said in an news conference this week they won't...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-17/ralliers-demand-medicaid-expansion
State | AK legislature
Gov forces House's hand after canceled confirmation vote

...the Senate was notified yesterday on the floor that House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, had canceled it.Senate Majority spokeswoman Carolyn Kuckertz said in an email that Chenault wanted to push back the meeting to make time for other...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-15/gov-forces-houses-hand-after-failed-vot
State | AK legislature

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