In the first part of our regular conversation this week, Rebecca Braun of the Alaska Budget Report provides some perspective on the state operating budget that will be considered by the full Alaska House of Representatives.
- Gov. Walker’s legislation creates a new definition for independent contractors that would determine whether employers have to pay to insure against on-the-job injuries.
- Gone are the days of throwing explosives from the air. AELP's avalanche crews trigger slides using a Daisybell, dangling about 150 feet from a helicopter. This is a cheaper -- and safer -- solution.
- Centrist and hard-line Republicans have come out against the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. If it fails, it would be a major defeat for President Trump and Speaker Ryan.
- The state is fining three companies a combined $882,000 for violations that led to a dangerous incident last September at a power plant in East Anchorage