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Alaska Senate approves $1.5B capital budget

The Alaska Senate has approved a $1.5 billion capital budget, most of which is from federal funds.

Lawmakers discuss Medicaid expansion, meaning of ‘payment reform’

Lawmakers discuss Medicaid expansion, meaning of ‘payment reform’Lawmakers spent part of that time talking about “payment reform.” But what exactly does that mean?

Alaska lawmakers discuss right-to-die legislation

Alaska lawmakers discuss right-to-die legislationA state House committee heard mixed responses to legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to choose to end their lives with the help of physicians.

DOT considers cutting Sitka Airport hours

DOT considers cutting Sitka Airport hoursThe state Department of Transportation has told city officials that budget cuts may mean shorter hours for Sitka’s Rocky Gutierrez Airport.

Funding cut to Kivalina school could pose legal problem for Legislature

Funding cut to Kivalina school could pose legal problem for LegislatureOn Wednesday, the Senate Finance committee slashed more than $40 million in state dollars from the capital budget.

Travelers not told ferries may be canceled

Travelers not told ferries may be canceledThousands of people have booked ferry sailings that will likely be cut due to budget reductions. But for now, the ferry system isn’t letting them know.

Media awaits release of National Guard emails

Media awaits release of National Guard emailsAlaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News sued the state for the documents last October after the Parnell administration took four months to deny public record requests.

Capital budget cuts spare Southeast projects

Capital budget cuts spare Southeast projectsThe state Senate’s capital budget for fiscal year 2016 includes new harbor and energy projects for Southeast Alaska.

Senate panel unveils stripped-down draft of capital budget

Senate panel unveils stripped-down draft of capital budgetAs it stands, the budget would be one of the smallest capital budgets in Alaska more than a decade.

With one-cent spill levy, Alaska House passes first tax bill in years

With one-cent spill levy, Alaska House passes first tax bill in yearsThe tax amounts to one cent per gallon.