Anchorage hospitals have roughly half of Alaska’s 120 intensive care unit beds, making the city the nerve center of the state’s health care infrastructure. Right now, that infrastructure is stretched nearly to its limit.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy repeated his call for the Legislature to pass constitutional amendments to put the Permanent Fund dividend in the state constitution and to lower the limit on how much the state government can spend each year. He also said he doesn’t think new taxes are necessary.
The agenda doesn’t include funding for this year’s PFD — or $18.1 million for university scholarships and grants; $3.3 million for medical education; and $15.8 million in oil spill prevention and response.
The U.S. Census released its reapportionment data for states this week. That means states now must re-draw congressional and state legislative districts to make sure everyone has fair representation and voting rights.
Dunleavy disclosed his bid in an interview Thursday with Alaska Public Media, saying he will run for governor again alongside his lieutenant governor, Kevin Meyer.
The Department of Transportation says there are at least 125 unfilled vacancies on the marine highway, system-wide.
The ruling will keep more than $1 billion dollars in the Power Cost Equalization Endowment Fund.
The Palmer Correctional Center in Sutton is finishing up a nearly $17 million renovation project and is scheduled to reopen Monday, about 5 years since it was shut down.
Alaska law requires that state and local law enforcement agencies collect DNA samples from all people charged with a crime against another person or a felony. But in a lot of cases, that hasn’t happened over the past 25 years.
In some cases, the price of home electricity will double. Towns and villages, also eligible for lower-cost power, may need to raise rates for water and sewer service.