Eric Stone, Alaska Public Media - Juneau
Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, said it would protect the dividend from competing with other budget priorities.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he'll veto the bill if lawmakers don't address his priorities.
The bill would increase the base per-student state funding to school districts by $680, the first substantial increase since 2016. The bill would also provide new support to charter and correspondence schools and offer funding to help young students struggling to read.
The $246 million bill would permanently increase state education funding, boost internet speeds in some rural schools, and provide new support to charter schools.
Right now, the Legislature appoints four of the board’s nine members. The executive order would allow the governor to appoint all nine.
The bill would create the new crime of “obstruction of free passage in public places" and stiffen penalties for blocking highways.
Three members representing areas off the road system voted against a key procedural question, throwing the future of the bill into limbo.
Senators expressed concerns about several of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's 12 executive orders. The Legislature has until mid-March to reject them.
Attorneys presented oral arguments in a long-running dispute over fishing rights on Alaska’s only Native reservation on Thursday.
Leaders of the state House and Senate say they've found some common ground, but education funding remains a key sticking point.
House Resources Committee chair Rep. Tom McKay, R-Anchorage, said he believes the proposal could spur more drilling.
The state’s largest gas utility is warning that shortfalls could come as soon as next year – and imports are years off.
In a news conference on Wednesday, Dunleavy said he was skeptical that a pension plan would make a significant difference in recruiting young people.
Chief Justice Peter Maassen listed initiatives from the past year that he said improved the court system’s accessibility and efficiency, like remote hearings.
"We are struggling in the worst crisis Alaska has ever seen in terms of turnover. We can't recruit teachers," said Lisa Parady, who leads the Alaska Council of School Administrators.
A new study ranks Alaska's charter schools No. 1 in the nation. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has cited the study in calls to expand charter schools.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy implored Alaskans and lawmakers to capitalize on the state’s natural resources in his annual State of the State address Tuesday.
A proposal to revamp the retirement system for Alaska’s state and local government employees is scheduled for debate in the state Senate this week.
Hundreds of protestors gathered in front of the Alaska State Capitol on Monday to call for an increase in education funding.
Bill backed by Southeast communities would tighten hunting and fishing license residency requirements
Backers of the measure say it would close a loophole that makes it difficult for state wildlife troopers to prosecute nonresidents who obtain the cheaper resident licenses.