Politics

Rep. Don Young and Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan have introduced 24 bills so far this year aimed at easing the federal government’s 222 million-acre hold on the 365 million-acre state of Alaska. Erica Martinson
Sen. Lisa Murkowski unveiled an appropriations bill Tuesday that would carve out dedicated funding for emergency firefighting but also cut billions of dollars from federal lands and environmental funding. Erica Martinson
Decisions about Arctic drilling should be left to those who live there, Rep. Don Young said at a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing Tuesday. Erica Martinson
It took a decade to rewrite the city’s land-use regulations, but they’re already under fire — and may undergo revision — because builders say limits on apartment height, size and design cost them too much money.Devin Kelly
As Congress pushes forward to pass a budget, cut spending and shrink the deficit, they're doing so without the earmarks that Alaska grew so accustomed to getting. Erica Martinson
For legislators, all their extra time in special session meant an extra quarter of a million dollars in total per diem income, the daily payments that are partly to cover their costs but which are largely a boost to their pay.Pat Forgey
The Alaska Legislature plans to hire a consultant to help lawmakers separate “fact from fiction” in the debate over expansion and reform of the public Medicaid health care program.Nathaniel Herz
A day after the Alaska Legislature passed a long-awaited budget deal that restored some education funding, the Anchorage School District on Friday proposed another changes to its budget for the next school year.Tegan Hanlon
The budget deal represented no difference in spending from a compromise budget bill that passed the House two weeks ago with bipartisan support before the Senate rejected it, pushing negotiations to within three weeks of a government shutdown set to start July 1. Nathaniel Herz

Anchorage Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz and his homeless committee visited Bean's Cafe to listen to homeless residents on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. 

Bob Hallinen