Alaska News Roundup for June 3

  • The Fairbanks News Miner’s Matt Buxton delved into the report by the State Assessment Review Board that claim the trans-Alaska oil pipeline has been undervalued by roughly $2 billion (yes, with a “b”) since its last assessment on January 1 by the Department of Revenue.
  • Gov. Bill Walker was a busy little bee yesterday by signing into law two bills. The first was HB106 that allows the state to collect child support from parents that live outside of the country. The second was HB46 that changed one seat on the Alaska Workforce Investment Board from a private sector seat to one for a veteran. 

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    Rep. Gabriele LeDoux (R-Anchorage), Sen. Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage), & Gov. Bill Walker/ Photo Credit of State of Alaska

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan both voted to pass the USA Freedom Act.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner put pen to “paper” in support of the USA Freedom Act’s passage, our Washington Delegation’s votes and why Alaskans (and the rest of the country) won a well-earned victory.
  • The Hill has the Winners & Losers from the USA Freedom Act’s passage. Sen. Rand Paul earns the dubious distinction of being labeled “Mixed”.

  • Anchorage’s Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz’s full transition team reads like a who’s who of local political movers and shakers. The Dispatch has all the names. Some standouts include previous election cycle candidates Clare RossMarty McGee and Forest Dunbar.
  • Get your smelling salts ready because the Fairbanks News Miner has an overview of where things stand in the Alaska Legislature.
  • We’re #2! We’re #2! In states that spend the most on education, Alaska ranks #2 at $18,175 per student (New York came in at #1 with $19,818) and within largest 100 school districts, Anchorage came in at #3 with $15,419. The Washington Post has the bottom spenders as well as a complete list of what each state spends per student.school

 

  • A recent Brazilian report documenting a wave of suicide recorded among international indigenous young peoples are so scandalous that the report recommends that now is the time for the UN to tackle this issue. (Yes, Alaskan natives are included).
  • Today marks the beginning of a weeklong meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Sitka. There are several important issues that will be discussed and ironed out, but the biggest one that has my little bird a flutter is “halibut bycatch”. Local & subsistence fishermen want smaller levels of allowed bycatch. Big Fish wants to keep the current allowed amount.
  • The Blob is getting bigger. APRN reports that warmer Pacific Ocean temperatures are now being measured from the Gulf of Alaska to Baja, CA.   The long-term affects this could have on marine life are surprising.blob

 

  • The Kodiak City Council is moving their FY16 budget toward final adoption.
  • Our state budget standoff has caught the eye of Bloomberg where they aired our legislative dirty laundry before the business community.
  • Meet the United States Internet Czar: Ambassador Daniel SepulvedaPolitico explains the difficult task Sepulveda has in order to prevent a country (i.e. Russia and/or China) from holding the Internet hostage.

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    Photo Credit of Fashion Politics

  • Wildfire is a big deal on the Kenai Peninsula and the KPB Mayor explains in the Seward City News what cuts to the prevention program could cause in terms of life and property as well as the higher costs in the long run.
  • Anchorage’s VP of the NAACPKevin D. McGeecalls upon political moderates to make your voice heard so it can make a difference with the state budget debacle.
  • The Alaska Miners Association showed some love for Sen. Lisa Murkowski in a FB post about her trip to Fort Knox Gold Mine last week.miner
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