Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed state operating and capital budgets Monday, approving $9.8 billion in spending sought by the Legislature but vetoing a possible $200 million in controversial oil tax credits.
A state-owned corporation on Monday responded to a Wasilla legislator who criticized it for sponsoring a fundraising golf tournament during business hours as Alaska confronts a multibillion-dollar budget deficit.Nathaniel Herz
Twenty-five of the 200 political staff members to Alaska’s lawmakers during their annual legislative session earned monthly salaries equivalent to more than $100,000 annually, with 70 paid at rates of $84,000 or more. Nathaniel Herz
Valerie Mertz, chief financial officer of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., has been named as the temporary executive director following the resignation of long-time executive director Mike Burns.Pat Forgey
As Ethan Berkowitz prepares for his swearing-in as mayor this week, he is relying on the professional expertise of his wife, an Arctic governance researcher and immigration attorney, to help shape his administration.Devin Kelly
Citing a “significantly underfunded” budget for the new fiscal year, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has told Medicaid providers they won’t be seeing the usual rate increases for inflation.Laurel Andrews
Governor Bill Walker signed a measure placing new taxes on wholesale refined fuel, including gasoline and heating oil -- but not aviation fuel or fuel used by the Alaska Marine Highway -- into law Saturday morning.Associated Press