Senators introduced four new bills Monday that would require local governments and schools to pay more for pensions, end two college scholarship programs, and cut the amount that municipalities receive in state funding. Towns and schools are concerned about the effect on taxes and services.
The Senate Resources Committee questioned whether Hopkins and other board members have the experience needed to make important decisions about the proposed AKLNG pipeline.
The Alaska Marijuana Control Board has put the brakes on issuing licenses until it can do national criminal background checks on applicants.
In a letter to legislators Wednesday, Gov. Bill Walker said continuing to draw on reserves without a solid plan to stop doing so is “wholly unacceptable.”
The Department of Revenue estimates the committee’s version of House Bill 247 would save the state roughly $160 million over the next three years. That compares with $1.175 billion in savings under Walker’s proposal.
Sen. Lesil McGuire’s plan would take about $2 billion annually from the Permanent Fund. Gov. Bill Walker’s would take about $3.3 billion.
The Department of Revenue released a forecast today showing the state will bring in $800 million dollars less in oil revenue this year and next than the department projected in the fall.
The bill would trim the amount of tax credits paid to companies operating in the Cook Inlet.
Some lawmakers are questioning whether the fund, now worth $900 million, should be committed to benefit only about one in nine Alaskans.
Google state legislative affairs representative Ron Barnes wouldn’t commit to bringing autonomous vehicles to the Alaska anytime soon, saying that Google’s engineers determine where the company tests its cars.