A proposal by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy would strip the North Slope Borough of its power to collect nearly $400 million in property taxes from oil companies each year. The idea gets at a longstanding question: How much money from oil should stay in the North Slope, where it’s pumped from the ground?
Businesses in Juneau and across Alaska have been surprised to find their alcohol license renewals denied by the state recently. A new bill could solve the issue, but legislators say more reforms are necessary to overhaul Alaska’s alcohol laws.
Alaska lawmakers got some answers this week about the effects of potential budget cuts, but they still face a lot of uncertainty as they weigh funding for government services and permanent fund dividends — or whether to reopen a debate on taxes.