The Department of Interior announced Tuesday it paid Alaska $19 million over the previous year for oil and gas development on federal land in the state.
That’s a few million more than the 2012 disbursement but a fraction of the billions Alaska reaps each year from oil development on state–owned lands like Prudhoe Bay.
The government pays states a portion of the rents, royalties and bonuses it takes in from energy and mineral production.
The state with the biggest federal disbursement in the past year was Wyoming, at nearly $1 billion. The smallest payment – a mere $38 — went to North Carolina.
- Gov. Bill Walker says a tax package he's introduced for the special session is a necessary measure to address the state's fiscal situation.
- Ketchikan Museum staff have been working to catalog, document and store totem pole fragments that have been in the museum’s collection for 40 years. The fragments can provide details lost on many of the larger poles.