Gov. Bill Walker signed a disaster declaration that’s intended to make it easier to give overdose victims the life-saving overdose antidote naloxone. More than 120 Alaskans have died from opioid overdoses over the past three years. Walker said declaring a disaster will enable a coordinated statewide response.
Representative Sam Kito III wants to close a $200,000 funding gap at the Alaska Public Offices Commission, or APOC, which oversees the activity of candidates, political groups and lobbyists. His solution is to levy a selective income tax on lobbyists.
Alaska has one of the largest wage gaps between men and women in the country, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Tuesday. Women in Alaska who worked full time in 2015 earned a median weekly pay of $787, while men earned $1,034 per week.
Gov. Bill Walker has declared Alaska’s opioid epidemic a state disaster and ordered state and federal money for overdose medication. In the declaration, Walker said the opioid epidemic goes quote “beyond the timely and effective response and recovery capability of local resources.”