Alaska’s governor has asked U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to reconsider a plan to let states seek major changes in how they meet federal welfare-to-work requirements.
Gov. Sean Parnell, in a letter released Wednesday, says he believes that in granting any waivers, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “will in effect create a dangerous policy precedent and deter Americans from becoming more self-sufficient.”
Last month, the department issued a memo in which it said it was encouraging states to consider “new, more effective ways” to help families receiving assistance “successfully prepare for, find and retain employment.” The memo says states led the way on welfare reform in the 1990s, and the department is seeking to challenge states to engage in a new round of innovation.
- The co-chairmen of the House Finance Committee revised their plans to introduce an income tax to Alaska for the first time in nearly four decades.
- The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is in full swing. In less than a week, the fleet has caught over half of its quota. And while most crew members work on the water, spotter pilots fish for herring from the sky.
- A lot of eyes were on the U.S. House today, but, as Republican factions shuttled to the White House to negotiate, it was a day of waiting for most.
- 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.