State & Legislature

Initiative would move Legislature’s meetings to Anchorage
Initiative would move Legislature’s meetings to Anchorage
House Majority: Tax increase off the table, Foster questions cuts
House Majority: Tax increase off the table, Foster questions cuts
Senate Democrats express disapproval over Dunleavy’s budget

Senate Democrats express disapproval over Dunleavy’s budget

‘You can’t break the economy in one portion of the state and expect everybody else to be OK.’

Senate Democrats express disapproval over Dunleavy’s budget
Capitol Live: Public hearing on Dunleavy’s super-size PFD bills underway

Capitol Live: Public hearing on Dunleavy’s super-size PFD bills underway

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Capitol Live: Public hearing on Dunleavy’s super-size PFD bills underway
Capitol Live: Labor unions protest governor’s budget, job cuts

Capitol Live: Labor unions protest governor’s budget, job cuts

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Capitol Live: Labor unions protest governor’s budget, job cuts
Approving budget cuts ‘unrealistic’ without more analysis, finance director says
Approving budget cuts ‘unrealistic’ without more analysis, finance director says
Chinese tariffs challenge Alaska seafood, new markets emerge
Chinese tariffs challenge Alaska seafood, new markets emerge
Capitol Live: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute presents to Fisheries committee

Capitol Live: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute presents to Fisheries committee

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Capitol Live: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute presents to Fisheries committee
House creates first ever Tribal Affairs committee

House creates first ever Tribal Affairs committee

Committee will focus on partnerships between tribes and state government.

House creates first ever Tribal Affairs committee
AG designee says only 10 percent of his work related to controversial social issues

AG designee says only 10 percent of his work related to controversial social issues

Clarkson says it’s not his job to support the law, it’s to enforce it.

AG designee says only 10 percent of his work related to controversial social issues
Capitol Live: House Judiciary questions Dunleavy’s AG designee

Capitol Live: House Judiciary questions Dunleavy’s AG designee

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Capitol Live: House Judiciary questions Dunleavy’s AG designee
Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin and members of her budget team takes time to explain Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s state budget at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Budget bill language would give unprecedented power to governor’s office

Under bill, OMB Director Arduin could override Legislature’s appropriating power.

Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin and members of her budget team takes time to explain Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s state budget at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Robb Arnold, chief purser on the Alaska Marine Highway’s Malaspina ferry, talks about the proposed cuts to the ferry system on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Unions prep to push back against proposed ferry cuts

Hundreds of Marine Highway jobs could be cut.

Robb Arnold, chief purser on the Alaska Marine Highway’s Malaspina ferry, talks about the proposed cuts to the ferry system on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
How much money should be spent to combat recidivism?
How much money should be spent to combat recidivism?
Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau. (Michael Penn | Junea Empire)
Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau. (Michael Penn | Junea Empire)
Co-Chairs of the House Finance Committee Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, left, and Rep. Neal Foster, D-Nome, listen to Donna Arduin, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as they hold their first meeting of the session at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Capitol Live: House members change offices

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Co-Chairs of the House Finance Committee Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, left, and Rep. Neal Foster, D-Nome, listen to Donna Arduin, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as they hold their first meeting of the session at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Senators want more answers on Marine Highway closure
Senators want more answers on Marine Highway closure
House finally organized: Hannan, Story get assignments

House finally organized: Hannan, Story get assignments

Committees can start working on legislation

House finally organized: Hannan, Story get assignments
OMB, Senate Finance discuss university funding

OMB, Senate Finance discuss university funding

Forty percent of university funding comes from the state.

OMB, Senate Finance discuss university funding
Sen. Natasha Von Imhof, R-Anchorage, co-chair of Senate Finance Committee, asks a question while listening to a presentation by the Department of Education and Early Development at the Capitol, on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sen. Natasha Von Imhof, R-Anchorage, co-chair of Senate Finance Committee, asks a question while listening to a presentation by the Department of Education and Early Development at the Capitol, on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)