On remote St. Paul Island, federal rules have restricted subsistence hunting for years, forcing residents to buy expensive groceries. New rules could take effect soon, but opponents worry about a declining local seal population.
Alaska regulators say Mary Ann Pruitt, Dunleavy’s contract communications director, must disclose the clients of her advertising and political consulting firm. Pruitt earns $15,417 per month working for the governor’s office, even as she remains the sole owner and president of PS Strategies.
Two veterans of Alaska politics have signed contracts to work with Gov. Dunleavy, and one of them is keeping her ownership of her advertising, marketing and political strategy firm even as she works as the governor’s acting communications director.
Gov. Michael Dunleavy was elected on a pledge to cut the state budget. But his proposal still finds room for budget boosts for a handful of items, from state courts to oil tax credits to a Denali State Park visitors center.
The National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska is a hot area for oil development right now. But don’t count on new production there to bail out the state budget any time soon. That’s the takeaway from a previously unpublished, two-month-old analysis drafted by former independent Gov. Bill Walker’s administration.