Politics

The Republican-led House Finance Committee on Wednesday morning unveiled an  offer to Democrats that seeks to break the Alaska Legislature’s budget stalemate by spending more for education and state workers, but ignores Medicaid expansion.

Nathaniel Herz
Alaska’s House Democratic leader says he’s reached an impasse in his budget negotiations with his Republican counterpart, and he plans to propose a new framework for discussions that could include an outside mediator or bringing in Gov. Bill Walker.Nathaniel Herz
The Alaska Legislature on Tuesday unveiled plans to cut back its nonpartisan support staff, which it said would save $1.7 million by eliminating 23 jobs and the Capitol tour program in Juneau.Nathaniel Herz
The Republican-led House majority caucus took a major step Tuesday to execute its plan to use the Alaska Permanent Fund to get access to money with which to balance this year's budget, but critics from both outside and inside the caucus have expressed concerns that the plan could threaten future dividend payments.Pat Forgey,Nathaniel Herz
Alaska's junior Senator, Dan Sullivan, will join a U.S. Senate delegation led by Arizona Sen. John McCain that will visit Vietnam and Singapore this week.Associated Press
If oil prices rebound in fiscal year 2017, per barrel tax credits for the major Alaska oil producing companies are expected to climb by about $700 million a year to $1.2 billion, while production tax revenue is expected to climb from about $300 million in 2016 to $800 million in 2017. That's if oil prices rise by about $25 a barrel from where they are today.   Dermot Cole
Voters are not likely to hold Alaska's lawmakers accountable at the ballot box for the recent massive legislative gridlock  -- unless things gets a lot worse, say experts.Nathaniel Herz
The U.S. Senate failed to find a path forward on expiring government authority to collect citizens' phone records, passing neither of two bills on the table in the early hours of Saturday morning.Erica Martinson
Alaskans unleashed a month's worth of pent-up opinions on their legislators Friday, giving them an earful about what they think has happened since the last time a legislative committee heard public testimony.Pat Forgey
The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday recertified the mayoral runoff election, taking into account 58 ballots not previously tallied that altered the result by 0.01 percent but did not change the outcome.Tegan Hanlon