Alaska News Roundup for April 13

  • Fasten your seat belts political wonks because the last week of the legislative session is going to be a bumpy ride! The Fairbanks News Miner foresees a collective focus on two tricky issues: the budget and Medicaid expansion to avoid a dreaded Special Session.
  • The Dispatch’s Alex DeMarban made a jaw-dropping announcement that the Last Frontier’s oil-tax income will be low, really low. Low as in state oil revenue will be similar to what the state received in the 1970’s- low. Ouchie.
  • Take heart Alaska! Alaska Pipeline explains (with lots of graphs!) that while oil tax revenues are depressingly low, the Permanent Fund’s net income is on track to become the state’s new moneymaker!PFD Makin Money

 

  • The Juneau Empire reports how the Senate Finance committee put $94 million into the Capital Budget and why.

  • Sen. Bill Wielechowski’s (D-Anchorage) Dispatch op-ed explains how the Senate Majority’s proposed budget cuts show a case of wrong priorities.
  • Nat Herz with the Dispatch reveals the seven people in Juneau that will determine the future of the state as the legislature winds down for the year and the power in which they wield.
  • In “In Case You Missed It News”, 360 North’s Jeremy Hsieh summarizes Saturday’s legislative happenings while donning a spiffy vest and tie.  Fancy!360 Gavel

 

  • APRN reports on the new (known) faces behind Amy Demboski’s election campaign and how the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity are turning their laser focus upon Anchorage mayoral candidate Ethan Berkowitz.
  • SYS-Con explains the growing importance of graphite in the production of today’s technology, the 60 minutes piece regarding national security in relying on foreign countries for these rare earth elements and Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s bill to fix this problem.
  • Rep. Don Young has an op-ed in the Dispatch where he lays out his case for why HR1335 does not ‘unwind Alaska Model” for fisheries in the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
  • Mat-Su Borough Manger John Moosey sat down with the Frontiersman and explained how this year’s budget will differ due to the belt tightening of both state and federal funding for the Mat-Su.

    Mat-Su Budget Guy

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  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor joins a growing field of public figures with his support for Medicaid Expansion in an op-ed in the Seward City News.
  • Peninsula Clarion reports that the Kenai Peninsula health care providers are focusing on how to deliver medical care with Medicaid expansion looking more of a reality with each coming day.
  • Politico reports that Alaska is asking health insurance providers for two sets of numbers so the state is not left scrambling before the August 25 final rate approval deadline, but after the Supreme Court ruling of King v Burwell.
  • The Director for Public Lands, Randi Spivak, for the Center for Biological Diversity, explains four ways in which Interior Secretary Sally Jewell can save her legacy as a champion of conservation in The Hill.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski was specifically mentioned as one of the moderate Republicans Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) would be aligned with regarding the NCLB rewrite, per Politics K-12.
  • Steve Brodner has compiled a photo essay of his ’22 (Artistic) Affair with Hillary” in Politico Magazine.Clinton Drawing

 

  • Hillary Clinton is hitting the Iowan roads in what she refers to as the “Scooby Doo” van. This nickname reflects her 2016’s presidential focus on keeping low-key, per The Hill. Better than Labor’s Woman to Woman Pink Bus of patronizing nightmares.Pink Bus

 

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