Politics

Gov. Bill Walker vetoed the $175,000 state grant given to the group that's been lobbying in vain to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, but that doesn't mean he's opposed to oil development there — only that it's time to find a new way, he said.

Pat Forgey
Alaska’s oil tax credits are threatening to overwhelm the state budget and are expected to grow to as much as $1.7 billion a year, costing the state more than it spends for schools and becoming its single largest expense, Gov. Bill Walker warned Wednesday.Pat Forgey
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.Pat Forgey
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
Alaska and at least 15 other states are taking the Environmental Protection Agency to court over the agency's controversial "waters of the United States" regulation. Erica Martinson
In a post on the website Patheos Sunday, Bristol Palin says her latest pregnancy was planned. Alaska Dispatch News
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
A member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries was cited by wildlife troopers in the commercial fishing hotbed of Dillingham last week for continuing to fish in an area after it had been closed. Jeannette Lee Falsey
In his first sit-down interview with Alaska Dispatch News since taking office, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said he’s looking at changing the chains of command in the police and fire departments and wouldn’t commit to keeping police Chief Mew in his post.Devin Kelly
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly is set to vote Monday on a $3-per-pack tax on cigarettes and a 75-percent wholesale tax on other tobacco products including e-cigarettes.Associated Press