Alaska News Roundup for April 6

  • This week the legislature will be burning the midnight oil as they finalize several big topics. The Juneau Empire suggests that this week’s big three is Medicaid, Capital Budget and the Transfer of Federal Lands to Alaska.
  • The proposed Iran nuclear deal is now onto Round II with negotiations beginning stateside. Sen. Dan Sullivan, one of the infamous 47 that signed the vile Iran letter that almost stopped the international diplomatic mission before it even began, should be able to breathe a sigh of relief in supporting this deal because The Hill reports that Saudi Arabia and the Pope support the nuclear deal.
  • Tomorrow is the Anchorage Muni elections. Click HERE to find your polling location. Polls are open from 7:00am-8:00pm on Tuesday, April 7.
  • Sen. Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage) and Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) have proposed legislation to improve voter access and hopefully voter turnout, according to the Dispatch.
  • Alaska gets the dubious distinction as an example of how easy it is for hackers to access Internet voting systems with the Washington Post’s case as to why 2016 might not be the year to introduce online voting.
  • Earth Work Saction has an op-ed regarding Pebble Mine and the potential rupturing of its tailings dam.Dam Trailing

 

  • Homer Electric Association has taken its first steps toward actualizing the Grant Lake hydroelectric project with its draft application with FERC. The Peninsula Clarion explains how the proposed project will work and how to submit comments.
  • The Frontiersman knows what Rep. Jim Colver (R-Palmer) and Rep. Cathy Tilton (R-Wasilla) will be looking for as the Operating Budget makes its way through the process. To testify on the operating budget affecting the Mat-Su, the LIO in Wasilla from 11:00am-12:00pm is where you should be this morning.
  • $59.3 million in Anchorage bond packages is uncertain as people head to the polls tomorrow. Tegan Hanlon with the Dispatch explains what the bonds are for and why this package’s future is unknown.
  • The jail in Seward might close due to lack of funding. The Seward City News reports that if this comes to fruition, any of Seward’s prisoners would have to be transported by State Troopers (whose budget has also been decimated) to the nearest incarceration unit, roughly 100 miles away in Kenai.
  • The first bill of this session to become law was the designation of January 9th as Law Enforcement Day in Alaska. The Daily Sitka Sentinel has the lovely pictures to make this occasion.2015 bill to law

 

  • Blinded by science is a good thing for politicians, so sayeth Politico (and all female swimmers that do not want to be mistaken as witches).
  • Seward City News breaks down the Senate Finance Committee’s education funding proposal in how it will affect the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
  • 2016 is obviously at the forefront of many a senator’ minds as evidence in the current budget fight as illustrated by The Hill.
  • The Juneau Empire captures the shock and horror of many at the proposed cut to head taxes and the potential of millions disappearing from local coffers.
  • The Fairbanks News Miner continues with the developing fiasco of Hyder, AK’s enforced seclusion by the Canadian government to explain that medical emergencies will be handled by telephoning border services to gain access to Stewart, BC’s EMS.
  • In a move that might belie a potential retirement from politics (or simply political suicide), the ever gracious Paul Seaton (R-Homer) and Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) have filed legislation to reinstate a state income tax, per APRN.
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