Eric Stone, Alaska Public Media - Juneau

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Eric Stone covers state government, tracking the Alaska Legislature, state policy and its impact on all Alaskans. Reach him at estone@alaskapublic.org.
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A dozen executive orders from Gov. Dunleavy draw scrutiny

The orders are largely aimed at eliminating or reorganizing state boards and commissions, and some lawmakers are skeptical.

Wide-ranging Alaska House education bill would boost school funding but faces uncertain future

The legislation includes priorities important to many Republicans in the Alaska House, but some key lawmakers say they have doubts.
Representative David Eastman sitting in House chamber

Alaska House removes Rep. David Eastman from Judiciary Committee

The removal further marginalizes Eastman, R-Wasilla, one of the Alaska House of Representatives' most conservative members.

Alaska Legislature fails to override governor’s veto of $87M in public school funding

The vote failed 33-26. Three quarters of the combined bodies, or 45 votes, would have been required to override the veto.
pipeline

State expects Willow and Pikka to push oil production up 30% by 2032

Natural Resources Commissioner John Boyle told lawmakers he expects a more than 30% production increase by the start of the 2033 fiscal year.
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Education funding dominates first day of 2024 Alaska legislative session

Debates over education funding dominated as lawmakers gathered in Juneau Tuesday for the start of this year’s legislative session.

State investigation reveals social service gaps that left an elder to die alone in the cold

A new report from the state ombudsman says Adult Protective Services failed to prioritize and follow up on the case of an elder in danger.
A sign that reads "UAA, UNIVERSITY of ALASKA ANCHORAGE." There are flowers in planters in front of it.

New legislation aims to address $1.5B University of Alaska maintenance backlog

University leaders say the bill, which would provide $35 million this year, would help shore up and modernize aging facilities.
the Alaska State Capitol

From natural gas to psychedelic medicine, a look at some of the bills filed ahead of Alaska’s legislative session

Ahead of their return to the Capitol, lawmakers are using pre-session bill filings to lay out priorities for the months to come.
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State launches new online application for food assistance as work to address backlog continues

Officials hope a new online application will shorten the time it takes to receive food assistance as the state works through its backlog.
the Alaska State Capitol

Alaska’s Capitol among U.S. statehouses targeted by wave of ‘hoax’ bomb threats

The Alaska State Capitol received bomb threats Wednesday believed to be related to similar threats reported across the country, officials say.
the Willow project

State labor department forecasts modest job growth in 2024 fueled by infrastructure and energy spending

A new report predicts the state will add 5,400 jobs in 2024, a 1.7% increase, with bright spots in construction, mining and oil and gas.
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A suit over federal emissions rules caps an active year for Alaska in federal court

Attorney General Treg Taylor has cast the growing volume of litigation as a response to threats from the federal government and outside groups.
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Ferry officials ‘hopeful’ – but not certain – they’ll have enough crew for seven-ship summer schedule

There’s enough money in the state ferry system’s budget to run seven ships this summer, but it’s unclear whether they’ll have enough crew.
the state ferry Tustumena

State ferry officials say they’ll seek bids on Tustumena replacement in early January

The state ferry system director said he has met with four shipyards that are “very interested” in bidding on the construction project.
Lyda Green

Former Sen. Lyda Green remembered as a mentor and advocate who brought lawmakers together

Green, who spent 14 years in the Alaska Senate and led a bipartisan caucus in 2007 and 2008, died Tuesday in Soldotna. She was 85.
The Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska facility

From gas to power lines to a green bank: A look at some of Gov. Dunleavy’s energy proposals

Gov. Mike Dunleavy outlined a variety of ideas to address Alaska’s energy needs in his budget proposal. Here’s a closer look at a few.
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At the Governor’s Mansion, a celebration of the holiday season

Gov. Mike Dunleavy offered holiday greetings and shared tens of thousands of cookies with crowds of visitors at the annual event.
Photo: Governor Mike Dunleavy standing behind podium at a press conference.

Gov. Dunleavy’s budget includes large PFDs, but no increase to per-student education funding

The $10.5 billion plan is a starting point for negotiations with leaders in the state House and Senate as they hammer out the state’s budget.
a state ferry

Gov. Dunleavy says he’ll include funding for Tustumena replacement in upcoming budget

Sen. Lisa Murkowski previously called on Dunleavy to include $23 million in state funding to unlock another $92 million in federal grants.