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Legislature advances pipeline buyout

...out of committee, Senate Finance Committee chairwoman Anna MacKinnon, R-Anchorage, called a succession of state commissioners and gasline experts to testify and give one final opinion on SB3001.The committee had revised the bill after...
State | AK legislature
Commission nixes raises for state lawmakers

...paid by others in similar positions Outside. The commission found there was some merit for raising the pay of state commissioners, but it could not recommend increases as the state faces annual deficits of nearly $4 billion.The commission...
Empire Editorial: Time to buy out TransCanada

...Republican representatives grilled a state employee, asking her why the Legislature was in special session if the state commissioner of Natural Resources had the ability to approve the buyout on his own.Nevermind the fact that approving the buyout...
STEM charter school seeks to break down barriers, open doors to disadvantaged

...confident that if the board approves the proposal, the school will be open in fall 2016 with no objection by the state.Commissioner of Education and Early Development Mike Hanley said while other charter schools and programs in the state have come...
Gov. Walker seeks input to balance state budget

...different revenue options and spending levels to be punched in with the bottom-line effect pictured graphically.State Commissioner of Revenue Randy Hoffback said the model is similar to one put together earlier by David Teal, director of the...
State | AK legislature
Senate panel to consider former commissioners

JUNEAU - The Senate Finance Committee is considering hiring two former state commissioners to help lawmakers review state spending and address massive budget deficits.The committee's co-chairs have proposed contracts...
AGDC board seeks clarity on confidentiality pacts part of a shake-up that included the removal of three board members, Gov. Bill Walker instructed the two state commissioners on the Alaska Gasline Development Corp.'s board to not sign such agreements in a bid to have the board operate...
Sen. Sullivan announces chief of staff, spokesman

...Sen.-elect Dan Sullivan announced Tuesday three hires to his Washington, D.C., team, including one former state commissioner.Former Alaska Department of Natural Resources commissioner Joe Balash was hired as Sullivan's chief of staff...
Edna Bay is newest Alaska city

A state commissioner signed off this week on Edna Bay's cityhood, making it Alaska's newest second-class city and the first to incorporate in...
Union reps assail settlement touted by Sullivan

...Jim Duncan, executive director of a union representing about 8,500 state and municipal employees and a former state commissioner for the Department of Administration. "He cut a bad deal for all Alaskans when he let Mercer off the hook...


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