Alaskans win thousands in state’s first ever PFD raffle

Donations from PFD turned into huge payouts.

Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, talks with Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka Tuesday morning following a House Administration Committee Finance Subcommittee meeting. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

‘Sexy’ mortar: Committee hears about department’s far-reaching impact and proposed budget

Department of Administration is the mortar in state government’s brick wall, commissioner says.

Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, talks with Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka Tuesday morning following a House Administration Committee Finance Subcommittee meeting. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, talks with Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka Tuesday morning following a House Administration Committee Finance Subcommittee meeting. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, talks with Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka Tuesday morning following a House Administration Committee Finance Subcommittee meeting. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and Sen. Mike Shower, R-Wasilla, listen Margie Beedle give testimony Monday. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Juneau residents show up to support Pioneer Homes bill

Rate changes went into effect in September.

Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and Sen. Mike Shower, R-Wasilla, listen Margie Beedle give testimony Monday. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file
                                Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to members of the media before welcoming Juneau residents to the Governor’s Open House on Dec. 11, 2018.
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file
                                Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to members of the media before welcoming Juneau residents to the Governor’s Open House on Dec. 11, 2018.
The front doors to the Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The front doors to the Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Once again, veto override fails

45 is a hard number to reach.

Capitol Live: Override vote fails

Live updates from the Capitol.

Bipartisan reading bill receives broad support

Reading at grade level by third grade.

Bill Corbus, former revenue commissioner and past president of Alaska Electric Light and Power Company, speaks Thursday at a Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce meeting at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Bill Corbus, former revenue commissioner and past president of Alaska Electric Light and Power Company, speaks Thursday at a Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce meeting at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Long-time resident and local businessman Bill Corbus speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during their weekly luncheon in May 2017. Corbus will speak to the chamber about taxing the oil industry. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Long-time resident and local businessman Bill Corbus speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during their weekly luncheon in May 2017. Corbus will speak to the chamber about taxing the oil industry. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this file photo from Aug. 1, 2019, Monika Kunat, left, signs an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy with others at the Planet Alaska Gallery in downtown Juneau. 
                                Michael Penn | 
Juneau Empire
In this file photo from Aug. 1, 2019, Monika Kunat, left, signs an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy with others at the Planet Alaska Gallery in downtown Juneau. 
                                Michael Penn | 
Juneau Empire

Lawmakers get gloomy budget forcast

State can’t keep spending like it is, analysts say.