This week on Capital Hill, the senate is expected to end the discussion on Planned Parenthood’s federal funding with a procedural vote and Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is on tap for Thursday, though The Hill expresses doubt as to any forward movement on this issue.
The Nome Common Council handled not one red button issue, but two during their last meeting. The Nome Nugget relays the details of how discussions over cannabis regulations and gun control within city limits (it basically boiled down to you can’t randomly discharge your gun in public for giggles).
One of my little birds shared this chart from Rep. Shelley Hughes’ (R-Palmer) FB page of where Alaska ranks amongst other states within 3 categories for grade school education. According to this chart, our state isn’t doing so well.
Alaska is looking at a $2.7 billion deficient in unrestricted general funds next year, thus prompting Gov. Bill Walker to crisscross the state to gain support for a “sustainable future”. The Frontiersman explains the different income generating possibilities from fewer state employees to raiding the Permanent Fund, but taxes seem to be the most likely answer to our fiscal problem.
Update: Dueling Dispatch op-eds! Alaska AFL-CIO’s president, Vince Beltrami, lays out his argument that the problems of budget gridlock should be placed squarely at the feet of the majorities. While Sen. Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage) pledges that there will not be a government shutdown.
The value over the taxable portion of the trans-Alaska pipeline is heating up again in Anchorage. The oil companies believe it is worth $2.6 billion (yes, that would be a “b”) while the state Department of Revenue has it closer to $7.7 billion, with the State Assessment Review Board having settled on a value of $10.2 billion in 2014. The devil is in the details and the Dispatch has the backstory and clarification into this important, yet complex issue.
Get your popcorn ready because the Frontiersman has lifted the veil off the Mat-Su Borough’s Department of Emergency Services with former ambulance service chief’s, Brian Wallace, side of the story behind his dismissal.
The New York Times has 5 Things You Might Not Know about Hillary, including that she worked the Valdez slime line after college. Check it out at the 1:38 mark.
Things seem to be getting hot and heavy over at the 9th Circuit by Courthouse News Service’s description of US District Judge Russell Holland hearing where he dismissed Pebble Partnership’s complaint against the EPA over improper behavior with a former employee.
Having your name associated with Cosmo hasn’t been the same since former Sen. Scott Brown, but could soon be changing with this great article that celebrates the unsung achievements of women in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was highlighted as an example of a figurative bridge building legislator.
Becky Bohrer with the AP sat down with Gov. Bill Walker to discuss Medicaid. In short, Gov. Walker is sticking to his guns with no Medicaid reform without expansion. He doesn’t have that much of a hard sell to Alaskans with his ever-growing list of backers as proof of statewide support.
In a move taken straight from the Loretta Lynch nomination hold-up playbook, the Alaska GOP state legislative leaders are prepared to withhold confirmation hearings on Gov. Bill Walker’s political appointees because of Medicaid Expansion.
Rep. Lora Reinbold’s (R-Eagle River) recent email regarding Medicaid expansion call-in testimony details has raised the hackles of NAACP’s vice president Kevin McGee by including ““We are trying not to get the number out to the pro expansion for they are much more organized,” in the missive. APRN has the brewing scandal for the caucus-less representative.
The Hill was on hand to capture Rep. Don Young tapping his inner Shakespearean dramatic flair while urging colleagues to approve a resolution to back the stationing of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in Alaska by saying, “He who holds Alaska holds the world.”