The legislative auditor ran into several problems when she was conducting the audit: The state denied her and her team access to financial records for oil and gas taxes and the former revenue commissioner wouldn’t sign off on the accuracy of department records.
With oil prices expected to stay under $30 per barrel through June, that will mean roughly $500 million less for the budget ending in June than expected. Compared with what the department forecast in December, there’s $800 million less for the next budget.
In her new role, Anna MacKinnon will be on the boards of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and the Alaska Energy Authority.
Lucinda Mahoney will need to be confirmed by the state’s Legislature. She replaces acting Commissioner Mike Barnhill, who will step down into a deputy commissioner role.
The raffle is designed to raise money for K-12 education by allowing Alaskans to donate a portion of their permanent fund dividends to enter.
The Alaska Department of Revenue forecasts $187.3 million less in state revenue this year than it did in the spring. The department released the forecast on Friday.
Until he started in the new position, Mike Barnhill was the policy director for the state Office of Management and Budget.
The University of Alaska Board of Regents voted 8-3 to move towards consolidating the entire university system into a single accredited university.
Health care providers say cuts could mean services for Alaskans will look “dramatically different than they do today.”
Anchorage Republican Sen. Natasha von Imhof said that to maintain Dunleavy’s commitment to full permanent fund dividends — without having an income tax — would require cuts on the scale he’s proposed.