- Q&A: A look at where things stand in the Alaska Legislature Updated: Jun-02-15 8:14 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - If you have a sense of deja vu, you're not alone. The Alaska Legislature is seemingly right back to where it was more than a month ago.
- Layoff notices prepared as budget debate continues Updated: Jun-02-15 12:49 am
JUNEAU, Alaska - Nearly 10,000 state employees were set to receive layoff notices as the legislative impasse over a state spending plan wore on Monday. Gov. Bill Walker went so far as to offer the services of a mediator to help lawmakers come to terms.
- Senate panel advances revised sexual assault prevention bill Updated: May-20-15 7:34 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday advanced a rewrite of legislation that would leave as optional sexual assault prevention and awareness programs in Alaska public schools.
- Gov. Bill Walker veto means layoff notices could loom Updated: May-18-15 9:06 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker warned Monday that about 15,000 state employees could be laid off amid a continued budget showdown with the Legislature. A debate also escalated over whether the special session will continue to be held in Juneau or moved to Anchorage.
- House Finance stalls Walker's Medicaid expansion proposal Updated: May-14-15 7:59 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - House Finance Committee co-chair Steve Thompson said Thursday that the panel is not comfortable moving ahead with plans to expand Medicaid coverage in Alaska at this time.
- By the numbers: Alaska budget debate, attempts to fix it Updated: May-07-15 7:46 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - Last week, Gov. Bill Walker called lawmakers into a special session after the Legislature failed to pass a fully funded budget for the coming fiscal year. Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over cuts to education funding and pay for union workers, among other things. The state is facing a multibillion-dollar deficit this year and next amid low oil prices.
- Walker plans event on Alaska's fiscal situation Updated: May-07-15 6:41 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker's administration plans to reach out to Alaskans for their thoughts on the right size of state government and future revenue options.
- Walker signs bill allowing bonding for rail safety system Updated: May-07-15 6:16 am
JUNEAU, Alaska - Legislation authorizing the Alaska Railroad Corp. to issue up to $37 million in bonds to help pay for a federally mandated safety system has been signed into law by Gov. Bill Walker.
- Unsettled budget creates uncertainties for ferry system Updated: May-06-15 4:40 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska's ferry system plans no changes to its schedule due to the budget situation at least until the end of the fiscal year on June 30, a spokesman says.
- Governor signs bill creating Marijuana Control Board Updated: May-06-15 2:22 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker has signed into law legislation creating a new board to regulate the legal marijuana industry in Alaska.