Alaska News Roundup for April 9

  • Now that the Anchorage mayoral race is officially in Round Deux, the Dispatch has released their candidates answered questionnaire in full. It is rather telling.ADN mayoral question


  • The AP’s Becky Bohrer has the latest on the Capital Budget’s skeletal existence, one of the smallest for more than a decade.
  • The Peninsula Clarion reports that the Kenai Peninsula Borough approved to expand their food tax on non-prepared food items from four to six month of the year. The new dates are from April 1 through September 31.
  • Rep. Mike Hawker’s (R-Anchorage) numerous amendments to HB105 caused more than the raising of mere eyebrows in Juneau yesterday. The Fairbanks News Miner’s Matt Buxton reports that some legislators started seeing red as the intention of Hawker’s amendments became clear-to undermine and delay the Interior Energy Project in order to protect Anchorage’s utilities.Kawaski Angry


  • The Dispatch explains Governor Bill Walker’s reaction from an over the phone interview while Alexandra Gutierrez with APRN summarized it within 140 characters.Gov Walker reaction

  • Rep. Don Young has sponsored a measure that requires states receiving federal DOT funds to offer a certain percentage of construction jobs involving transportation projects to veteran-owned businesses, according to The Hill.
  • APRN explains the difficult and pragmatic approach certain House Minority members are taking regarding the nominated state Attorney General’s decision to join the same-sex marriage ban brief to the Supreme Court.
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough employees will see 3.1%-4.6% pay increases, but the catch is that they will also be paying more for their health benefits. The Fairbanks News Miner has more of the details of the new labor contracts.
  • Energy and Capital lays out the case that while Sen. Lisa Murkowski is clearly an ally with energy, investing in Alaska’s resource extraction/exploration right now would not be wise due to several mitigating factors.Murkowski energy donorsalaskadeclines


  • The Juneau City Assembly is delving into its project wish list that the Juneau Empire reports is currently 29 items long.
  • Consumers’ Research’s Director of Operations, Kyle Burgess, is impressed with the slick marketing campaign for Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Maria Cantwell’s (D-WA) energy bill that includes the smart grid, but little else, per The Hill.
  • The Mat-Su Borough Assembly passed a resolution in support of Medicaid expansion. To which, Gov. Bill Walker tweeted his walker tweet o thanks

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