Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says this year’s “payment in lieu of taxes” to Alaska will total $28.5 million for the current fiscal year. That’s $2 million more than last year.
The state is being compensated for 225,480,644 acres of federal land. PILT funds go directly to local governments for the tax-exempt federal land within their boundaries.
PILT is an important part of the budget for some cities and boroughs. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough will receive $3.45 million dollars in PILT. At the other end of the scale, Yakutat’s share is a little over $114,000.
Juneau’s portion of PILT is nearly $1.9 million.
- Roughly 6,000 state workers were unable to log in to their computers, affecting two in five executive branch workers.
- The totem pole is an icon of the Pacific Northwest. The carved art form showcases clan stories and family crests in museums around the world. After more than 30 years in the Anchorage Museum, a century-old pole from Southeast has made it back to Sitka, where curators are prepping a permanent home.
- One of the Sealaska regional Native corporation’s longest-serving leaders is stepping down. Rosita Worl says she will not run for another term after 30 years on the board.
- President Donald Trump’s budget outline calls for eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA has been a frequent target of Republicans, but U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski supports the endowment, and Tuesday she won the 2017 Congressional Arts Leadership Award.