Alaska News Roundup for June 9

  • Lotteries, Income Taxes, Oil Tax Credits, oh my! The Dispatch lists the many options that are currently being discussed to help Alaska fill its budget gap. Many of these options are seen as a political kiss of death for both sides of the political aisle. The Rasmuson Foundation seems to comprehend the severe ramifications of the situation and is calling for a state fiscal plan.
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan’s D.C. office has finally moved into their new and well-appointed digs on the seventh floor of the Hart Building. My little bird tells me that there have been many a giggle over the office’s penchant for BLUE since the senator is a “Major Reddie”.
  • KTVA has coverage of the escalating tensions down in Kodiak over the Navy’s planned summer exercises (this includes the planned use of BOMBS, toxic chemicals, high-powered sonar, etc.).
  • What is the economic cost of the government spying on private citizens? The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation estimates that by 2016 it will amount to a loss of $35 billion (yes, with a “B”) in investment by foreign tech companies.Wow

 

  • The Kenai City Council showed what is important to their city with the passage of FY16 budget. The Peninsula Clarion explains that part of the budget allocations include technology improvements (hello shiny new iPads), certain city employees a pay raise and most importantly: funding the preservation and protection of the Field of Flowers!

  • Lotteries, Income Taxes, Oil Tax Credits, oh my! The Dispatch lists the many options that are currently being discussed to help Alaska fill its budget gap. Many of these options are seen as a political kiss of death for both sides of the political aisle. The Rasmuson Foundation seems to comprehend the severe ramifications of the situation and is calling for a state fiscal plan.
  • Yet another example of Sen. Dan Sullivan’s eye for talent. The New York Times mentions former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) hiring the consulting firm that was behind one of Sen. Sullivan’s campaign commercials
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  • With the onset of commercial cannabis comes the unique economic boon to security firms within Alaska. The Frontiersman’s interview with the President/CEO of Valkyrie Security and Asset Protection, Inc. is both informative and eye opening.
  • 2014 State House District 28 candidate Sam Combs wrote an op-ed in the Dispatch where he explains the cultural importance of the 4th Avenue Theatre for Anchorage.
  • The Age of FOIA hasn’t taught certain lobbyists or politicians how to conduct their interesting relationships in the 21st Slashdot has the details culled together from a FOIA on emails between a lobbyist and a US Trade Representative official regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. There is a particular email that celebrates the USTR copying of the lobbyist’s version word-for-word in parts of the agreement.
  • Alaskan state employees made their feelings regarding their cost-of-living pay increase known at the Anchorage LIO yesterday where it was standing room only for a scheduled meeting of the legislature. The Dispatch relays the frustration and the fact that the meeting was once again punted to another day.
  • Juneau’s ugly (and illegal) signs have caught the eye of a certain city planner who has asked the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly to correct a current loophole with current sign violation penalties, per the Juneau Empire.
  • An unexpected issue has arisen from budget cuts: the cost of voting access. The Fairbanks News Miner has the skinny over the quandary of paying for municipal mail-in ballots during a time when funds are tight over the desire to increase voter turnout. The estimated cost would be roughly $12,270.
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski took the Command Seat while touring the Polar Pioneer rig in Seattle.Murkowski

 

  • The Paddle in Seattle is being dismantled by Seattle Police, at least the staging area/protest tent. The New York Times reports that the 16’x32’ tent was dismantled, but not seized.
  • Marco Rubio (R-FL) wants to prevent the closure of Gitmo through blocking funds for this effort. The Hill reveals that Sen. Dan Sullivan is following his mentor Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in voting for the closure if Congress approves the administration’s plan.
  • Kodiak Island Borough Assembly has proclaimed June 2015 as Filipino American Heritage Month.
  • Charlo “F*#k It, I Quit” Greene can breath a sigh of relief because APOC has completed their investigation into allegations of campaign law violations. The Dispatch reports that Greene has been cleared of all charges.
  • The lucky residents of Seward’s North of Forest Acres/Grouse Lake Road area will experience a planned power outage by the Seward Electric Department this Thursday from 9:30-11:30am. That is all.
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