The vote of 37-20 fell short of the 45 votes needed.
Officials from a dozen coastal communities traveled to Juneau to voice support for Alaska’s beleaguered ferries earlier this week.
The city of Ketchikan sent an 11-page letter to the Army Corps as it considered the permit application, raising questions about the proposed dock’s impact on city revenue.
A case was brought before the court to test the limits of the state’s power to regulate free speech in corporate elections.
The Alaska Legislature plans to meet in a joint session at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.
The Coast Guard is recommending other communications systems as a backup, like satellite phones or texting devices, emergency beacons or even cellphones where there’s service.
The bills would decrease the unemployment insurance tax rate paid by businesses and change regulations on professional licenses, timber sales and geothermal development.
The state of Alaska could eliminate funding for much of what it does, and it still wouldn’t cover the projected $1.5 billion budget gap.
“I’m selling it for $20, because I figure I should at least get a pizza out of this,” says The Skagway News owner Larry Persily.
The initiative targets some of Alaska’s oldest and largest oil fields, and it would levy what Robin Brena’s side estimates as an additional $1 billion in taxes on the state’s biggest producers: BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil.