According to Pew, Alaska is one of only two state funds whose purpose is well-defined by state law.
Primary challengers say it’s important for majority-caucus Republicans to maintain party discipline, but some lawmakers say focusing on constituents’ needs can conflict with the party line.
Alaskans get their first chance today to testify on the centerpiece of Gov. Bill Walker’s fiscal plan for the state.
The Office of Management and Budget director’s message is in line with what appears to be the Walker administration’s effort to ease the public into a conversation about revenue options outside of oil.
Burns’ immediate departure is due to health concerns, according to a short press release issued on Monday.
“If oil averages $85, the deficit for the state is about $3 billion,” says Kevin Jardell, the City and Borough of Juneau’s lobbyist for state issues.
Gov. Sean Parnell on Monday signed House Bill 385, which transfers $3 billion in state savings to Alaska’s pension systems
State Revenue Department officials believe that dividend amounts will continue trending higher
The amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend will be announced on Sept. 18. Acting Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell will reveal the much-anticipated total at an event in Anchorage. Last year’s dividend was $878, the lowest since 2005. The historical low came in 1984, when individual checks totaled $331. The checks are distributed in early…