Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO - Juneau
This year, the most controversial provision has been one that limits the number of tasting rooms for breweries, distilleries and wineries. Right now, there can be one for every 3,000 residents. Under the new law, there could only be one for every 12,000.
House majority members say describing the entire $2,550 payment as a dividend would set expectations that PFDs would be that size every year.
The Alaska Supreme Court ruled on redistricting last week, the House plans to take up the budget in a few days — and there's yet another conflict about mask-wearing on the House floor.
There will be two special elections this summer to fill that vacancy: a special primary election by mail on June 11 and a special election to pick the winner on Aug. 16.
Under the change, there will be a Department of Health and a Department of Family and Community Services.
State leaders from across the political spectrum reacted with shock and sadness to the news of the death of Rep. Don Young on Friday.
If the plan becomes law, that would mean there’s enough money budgeted to cover the state share of school costs through June 2024.
Lawmakers issue subpoenas in move to make Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation board members talk about Rodell firing
The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee voted 10-0 to issue subpoenas to all six of the corporation’s board members, four employees and a Department of Revenue worker.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy urged the Legislature to send some of the money to Alaskans in the form of $3,700 in permanent fund dividends.
A House bill would limit individual contributions to candidates to $2,000 over two years.
In Alaska, the tax on gasoline is 8 cents per gallon.
The Alaska Constitution says that public employee retirement benefits “shall not be diminished or impaired.” But the state and retirees have differed on how to interpret this guarantee.
A bill working its way through the state Legislature would start the process of renaming the Glenn Highway. Glenn was convicted of committing war crimes in the Philippines.
Alaska's revenue commissioner said the value of state-held Russian investments has declined from $267 million at the end of last year to a current estimate of no more than $15 million.
The budget proposal unveiled on Friday by the House Finance Committee would spend over $4 billion in state funding to run state government. That’s $148 million more than Dunleavy proposed.
Dunleavy also requested further actions from the federal government and Alaska businesses and individuals.
The money would be in addition to the annual PFD.
The intent of Senate Bill 224 is to keep any money in the accounts from being swept into a state piggy bank, the Constitutional Budget Reserve.
The Washington legislation would increase fuel exported to Alaska, Idaho and Oregon by 6 cents per gallon. It wouldn’t affect Washington residents.
The rules will continue to require those who test positive for the virus to isolate.