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Before releasing budget details, Walker warns of layoffs

Before releasing budget details, Walker warns of layoffsBudget director Pat Pitney previewed some of Gov. Bill Walker's proposed cuts before the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.

As House leadership calls for end to Point Thomson litigation, attorney request extension

As House leadership calls for end to Point Thomson litigation, attorney request extensionAttorneys challenging the Point Thomson settlement have requested more time to prepare a new brief on the case.

Walker Files $50 Million Budget Supplement

Walker Files $50 Million Budget SupplementGov. Bill Walker has filed his supplemental budget, which covers spending for this fiscal year that was not originally appropriated.

To fund lobbying effort, sex worker advocates turns to internet

To fund lobbying effort, sex worker advocates turns to internetA sex worker group is raising money to send one of their own to Juneau.

Legislature plans for gasline special session

Legislature plans for gasline special sessionRepublican leaders expect that the Legislature will go ahead with a special session in October focused on natural gas policy.

Lawmakers skeptical of state’s plan to buy Fairbanks natural gas utility

Lawmakers skeptical of state’s plan to buy Fairbanks natural gas utilityKey Republicans, like Anchorage Representative Mike Hawker, are skeptical of the utility’s purchase.

State to appeal education funding lawsuit ruling

State to appeal education funding lawsuit rulingThe judge ruled that municipalities should not be required to pay for public education because the required local contribution is essentially a tax earmarked for a special purpose.

With greater numbers, Democrats hope for more leverage over Medicaid expansion

With greater numbers, Democrats hope for more leverage over Medicaid expansionThe House Minority caucus grew from ten to 13, making support from at least some of their members necessary for any action that requires a three-fourths vote.

Alaska leaders call ANWR proposal a ‘war on Alaska’s future’

Alaska leaders call ANWR proposal a ‘war on Alaska’s future’President Obama is proposing the largest ever wilderness designation in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which would forever put the coastal plain off-limits to oil and gas development.

Joint session to address marijuana decriminalization as municipalities scramble to regulate

Joint session to address marijuana decriminalization as municipalities scramble to regulateRepublican Senator Lesil McGuire of Anchorage has introduced the first large-scale bill regulating marijuana like alcohol in Alaska.