U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is holding a forum next week on the impacts of the federal health care law.
Murkowski says good health care should be more accessible for Alaskans but she says this law isn’t the answer for providing that.
Her office cites a report, by an insurance company, that found the law would impose more than $340 million in new taxes on Alaskans. Her office says the full impacts of the law are still being calculated.
A release announcing the event says a doctor, real estate agent and small business owner have been invited to speak about the “economic drawbacks” of the law on their work.
The forum is scheduled for Wednesday in Anchorage.
- The state is granting nearly $300,000 to improve water quality in some of Alaska's most damaged watersheds, including Juneau's orange-tinted Duck Creek.
- More than a third of all the penalties imposed since 1976 were logged last year.
- "You know, we're not talking about some smoky, old wood stove here. We’re talking about high-tech equipment," said Daniel Parrent, a program manager at the U.S. Forest Service.
- "Did you think that ganging together seven different taxes would make it more likely or less likely that any would pass?” asked Eagle River Republican Rep. Dan Saddler.