The infrastructure bill gives Alaska a 40% increase in highway funding, more than $100 million to expand broadband and nearly $400 million to improve airports.
The program will end in Alaska on June 12, but an extension of regular unemployment benefits will continue until September when the federal program expires.
Whistleblowers leaked documents to them showing that Department of Labor commissioner Tamika Ledbetter blocked about $450,000 in fines that her agency’s inspectors wanted to levy against Copper River Seafoods.
House Rep. Zack Fields got a complaint from a whistleblower that Ledbetter was blocking enforcement of state workplace safety standards. Now, they’re investigating.
Alaskans who received at least $100 in unemployment benefits from Aug. 1 through Sept. 5 are eligible.
State Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter said eligible Alaskans can expect to receive payments dating back to July. She said most of the delay is due to the need to start a new program.
At Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s COVID-19 briefing on Friday, Labor Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter gave an update on the state’s unemployment insurance program.
Fairbanks recorded the most new cases at five, bringing the total to 27 in the Interior Alaska city. Another four of the newly-diagnosed Alaskans are from Juneau, two are from Anchorage, two are from Eagle River and one is from Kenai, according to the state’s health department.
Tamika Ledbetter currently manages the Anchorage/Mat-Su Economic Region for the department.