At the end of last year’s legislative session, Juneau found itself on the hook for more than $5 million in cost shifts from the state.
An intrastate case raised grand legal questions about poor, rural Alaskans’ access to the justice system. Yet it was also an exercise in budgetary semantics with almost no practical effect — except for running up publicly funded legal bills.
The Dunleavy administration commissioned the report last spring and received it in the fall. But the state wouldn’t release it until Wednesday’s Marine Transportation Advisory Board meeting.
Alaska fourth graders had the lowest reading scores in the country in a national assessment last year.
Budget cuts to Alaska’s state ferry system have made it harder for high school basketball teams to travel this season, school officials say.
The ballot initiative would raise the minimum tax and eliminate oil tax credits for Alaska’s largest legacy fields. It would also require oil companies to publicly report their revenues and costs from those fields.
Juneau resident Libby Bakalar served in the Alaska attorney general’s office until December 2018, when she was fired by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration.
A legislative working group has come up with recommendations that Alaska lawmakers hope will solve some of the issues with the VPSO program.
Kodiak Island’s last ferry of the season pulled away from the dock on Saturday, Jan. 11, and there won’t be one returning until April.
Alaska’s annual population has dropped only six times since the 1940s. Three of those years were 2017, 2018 and 2019.