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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.

Walker outlines plans for budget cuts

Walker outlines plans for budget cutsWith Alaska facing a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall, Gov. Bill Walker is proposing 5 percent cuts to agency funding.

Walker names National Guard special investigator

Walker names National Guard special investigatorGov. Bill Walker has named a retired judge as his special investigator into the Alaska National Guard.

Walker sketches agenda in State of State address

Walker sketches agenda in State of State addressIn his first State of the State address to the Legislature, Gov. Bill Walker spoke broadly of the need to address the state’s financial shortfall and the importance of building a natural gas pipeline.

State lawmakers to be welcomed with local goodies

State lawmakers to be welcomed with local goodiesOver 60 local businesses welcome the 29th State Legislature by sponsoring a public reception Thursday night.

Senate Finance considering bringing on former commissioners as consultants

The Senate Finance Committee is considering hiring two former state commissioners to help lawmakers review state spending and address massive budget deficits.

With focus on budget, social issues may be left behind

With focus on budget, social issues may be left behindLawmakers expect bills on social issues, like abortion, to get less attention than last cycle.