In this newscast: Republican leaders abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor shortly before its scheduled vote The Alaska House of Representatives has introduced a new version of a statewide income tax. Business and labor groups are at odds over Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s proposed worker’s compensation reform, and The…
Most of the Democrats who were out of power last year will be in the majority this year. But it’s not clear whether the majority caucus will hold these pre-session open meetings.
The next round of credits depends on funding that one key lawmaker is already calling on Gov. Bill Walker to veto.
The House passed the amendment that rewrote the bill with the minimum votes required, 21-16.
The Department of Revenue estimates the committee’s version of House Bill 247 would save the state roughly $160 million over the next three years. That compares with $1.175 billion in savings under Walker’s proposal.
Thirty-three Alaskans died from heroin overdoses last year, a dramatic increase from just five years ago, when only four died.
In Alaska, cuts to education and seniors’ programs also have been proposed this year to balance the budget. One program not being cut: the dividends program, which pays Alaska residents a portion of oil tax revenue, which was almost $1,900 per person in 2014.
HB112 comes after a Department of Fish and Game report questions the efficiency and organizational structure of the CFEC.