The proposal, which comes with the Alaska's massive budget crisis as a backdrop, must still be approved by the full membership of the union and the Legislature.

Nathaniel Herz
Lawmakers on Thursday again delayed a final decision on whether they should stay in their renovated Anchorage offices or decamp to a state-owned building elsewhere downtown — prolonging an already lengthy debate over the expensive lease.Nathaniel Herz
Hillary Clinton, scrambling to recover from her double-digit defeat in the New Hampshire primary, repeatedly challenged Bernie Sanders’ trillion-dollar policy plans at their presidential debate Thursday night and portrayed him as a big talker who needed to “level” with voters.JuliE Pace and Catherine Lucey
Arthur Keyes made his name as a tireless farm promoter who helped start several markets. He replaces a Palin appointee whom Gov. Bill Walker last year asked to leave the position. Zaz Hollander
The Republican-controlled Alaska Senate majority caucus announced Wednesday that it had added a member who jumped ship from the minority: Donny Olson, who represents Northwest Alaska.Nathaniel Herz
Former Gov. Sean Parnell’s legislative director, Heather Brakes, has launched a lobbying career, registering her first client just after the conclusion of a legally required year-long waiting period.Nathaniel Herz
Alaska’s lawmakers in Washington, D.C., had mixed reactions to President Barack Obama’s latest budget proposal, pleased with the boosts for Alaska infrastructure, but not so much with the size of the $4 trillion spending plan. Erica Martinson
President Barack Obama signed the 2015 Coast Guard reauthorization bill Monday night, a law that will transfer two tracts of land in Alaska out of the hands of the federal government. 
President Barack Obama’s latest budget request, due out on Tuesday, will pay homage to Alaska on its cover, with a photo of Denali, and several budget priorities aimed at the state.Erica Martinson
Senate Majority Leader John Coghill introduced a bill Friday that would require doctors to determine whether a fetus could survive outside the womb before performing an abortion.Rashah McChesney