The Senate State Affairs Committee heard public testimony from across Alaska on Senate Bill 128.
Alaskans get their first chance today to testify on the centerpiece of Gov. Bill Walker’s fiscal plan for the state.
Gov. Walker wants to permanently resolve the budget shortfall this year with the Permanent Fund. Two lawmakers have offered their own bills for closing the budget gap with the fund.
The lawsuit seeks to reinstate benefits similar to those before 2014, when Moda Health began operating the dental plan.
Thirty-three Alaskans died from heroin overdoses last year, a dramatic increase from just five years ago, when only four died.
Last year, Dean Williams found many problems in the state Department of Corrections that contributed to the deaths of dozens in Alaska’s prisons and jails. Now he will be in position to do something about it.
As lawmakers look to trim the state’s budget shortfall, their attention is focused on one of the biggest areas of the budget.
The unit would focus on shootings and other cases in which law enforcement officers used force, as well as deaths in jails and prisons and allegations of corruption.
At Juneau’s legislative welcome reception on Wednesday, I asked attendees what they wanted to hear from the governor in his State of the State Address amid the tough financial times.
Walker said he was warned some of his proposals would hasten the end of his political life, but that he puts the state’s interests above his own.