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Letter: Lawmakers are taking away the marine highway

...for the legislative session to house lawmakers. They can forfeit their per-diem and take a cut like all the other state workers. Let's see how serious they are now about saving state money. Alaska's legislators need to be more accountable...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2015-10-19/letter-lawmakers-are-taking-away-mari
Letters
Alaska Editorial: Budget reality

...major changes in the budget situation, the AMHS cuts are likely just the beginning. There's now little doubt that state workers and those of us who rely on state services and funding - in other words, all Alaskans - are in for some rough sailing...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-10-14/alaska-editorial-budget-reality
Opinion
My Turn: It's not too late to move whale sculpture

...would be evident if decision-makers included younger people buying their first home in Juneau, newly transferred state workers, or seniors desiring a location to downsize. New apartments could satisfy these needs and also potentially be rented...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-09-03/my-turn-its-not-too-late-move-whale-s
Opinion
Searching for a light: The case for economic optimism as Alaska enters recession

...roughly 5 percent of the state's economy. Abrupt cuts had a catastrophic effect.In addition to vast layoffs of state workers, the loss of project spending, meant fewer construction jobs."Drastic cuts over short periods have a much larger...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-09-06/searching-light-case-economic-optimism-
State
Economist: ConocoPhillips layoffs have broad reach

...industry."Gov. Bill Walker said he wants to ensure that ConocoPhillips considers cutting positions held by out-of-state workers before laying off Alaskans."I am planning on having conversations that involve the industry as a whole to address...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-09-03/economist-conocophillips-layoffs-have-b
State
Alaska Science Forum: Ancient pike found in Interior lake mud

...evidence of ancient Alaskans on old sand dunes rimming the lake. Quartz Lake is part of the Alaska State Park system and state workers stock it with rainbow trout, Arctic char and silver salmon. Northern pike lived in the lake until 1970, when state...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-07-17/alaska-science-forum-ancient-pike-fo
Outdoors
My Turn: Why I vetoed $200 million in oil tax credits

...administration works to find $30 million to fund the contractually negotiated cost of living allowance increase for state workers.Alaskans are starting to feel the effects of these spending cuts. From Southeast communities that will see reduced...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-07-12/my-turn-why-i-vetoed-200-million-oil-
Opinion
Tough budget decisions remain

...crisis, the immediate fiscal needs so that we can continue to move forward."With the budget cuts, it's expected state workers will be laid off. The state plans to take advantage of retirements and attrition as much as possible to address position...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-07-01/tough-budget-decisions-remain
Local
Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for June 15, 2015

...won't be a government shutdown and that Alaska's state workers will keep working without interruption. That means...you put in lost confidence and lost trust? How many state workers will now be reconsidering their future employment...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-06-15/empire-editorial-thumbs-thumbs-down-j
Opinion
Budget deal reached

...Director Pat Pitney said weeks ago this cut will result in state worker layoffs. Department of Administration Deputy Commissioner...increases funding for education, honors agreements with state workers, and funds other important programs, yet still allows...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-10/budget-deal-reached
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