Gov. Bill Walker

Gov. Walker hires new press secretary

Walker hires new press secretary JUNEAU EMPIRE Gov. Bill Walker will soon have a new press secretary. Austin Baird, formerly the state politics reporter for… Continue reading

Gov. Walker names lobbyist as CFEC commissioner

Gov. Bill Walker has appointed a longtime lobbyist to replace Benjamin Brown as a commissioner of the state’s Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. In an emailed… Continue reading

Gov. Walker reveals details of Chinese gas pipeline deal

Gov. Bill Walker on Tuesday released the details of a multibillion-dollar agreement signed between Alaska and China earlier this month and promised reporters at a… Continue reading

Walker signs landmark gas pipeline deal

Gov. Bill Walker traveled to Beijing with a president. He may be returning to Alaska with a pipeline. At 7:15 p.m. Alaska time Wednesday evening,… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker will travel to China with President Donald Trump

Gov. Bill Walker will be among the entourage of President Donald Trump as the president begins a trip to Asia this week. Walker told reporters… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker hits new low in opinion poll

Gov. Bill Walker has hit a new low in a quarterly opinion poll conducted by the national firm Morning Consult. Only 40 percent of Alaskans… Continue reading

Walker announces ‘climate team’ days after teens sue

Gov. Bill Walker billed a press conference Tuesday morning as the rollout of his strategy to address climate change. When the announcement came, it was… Continue reading

State of Alaska sues OxyContin manufacturer

The State of Alaska is suing Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, in its latest attempt to fight the opioid epidemic. The suit, filed late… Continue reading

Walker proposes payroll tax to fix (part of) the state deficit

To help solve Alaska’s multibillion-dollar annual deficit, Gov. Bill Walker is calling for a 1.5 percent payroll tax on everyone working in Alaska. The proposal,… Continue reading

Walker backs rollback of criminal justice reform

Gov. Bill Walker will ask legislators to toughen the state’s penalties for some minor crimes when the Alaska Legislature convenes for a special session next… Continue reading

Walker, Mallott file for re-election

Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott will attempt to repeat the “unity ticket” in a second term. On Monday morning, both men filed… Continue reading

U.S. Attorney General has ‘serious concerns,’ but Gov. Walker stands behind legal marijuana

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has “serious questions” about Alaska’s legal marijuana industry, but Gov. Bill Walker is standing by the results of a 2014… Continue reading

Walker and Mallott will run for re-election

Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott will run for re-election together. “We have both decided that we will run again,” Mallott told KINY-AM’s… Continue reading

State revenue commissioner Hoffbeck will resign

After three years trying to convince Alaskans of the severity of the state’s fiscal crisis, Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck is about to try a new… Continue reading

Walker OKs capital budget

Gov. Bill Walker signed Alaska’s capital construction budget without ceremony or vetoes Monday in the Capitol, fulfilling a promise to approve it before Aug. 1.… Continue reading

Gov. Walker proposes summit to help lawmakers fix budget

In a talk with reporters on Tuesday morning, Gov. Bill Walker renewed his determination that Alaska lawmakers should come up with a plan to solve… Continue reading