Governor Bill Walker signed House Bills 57 and 59 into law over the weekend, approving the 4.9 billion dollar operating budget that would include an $1,100 PFD and $145 million in cuts to state spending.
Labor Union members rallied with the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce at the state building in downtown Fairbanks on Thursday, urging Alaska Governor Bill Walker to pass a capital budget and help state contractors secure work projects.
Labor Union members rallied with the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce at the state building in downtown Fairbanks on Thursday, urging Alaska Governor Bill Walker to pass a capital budget and help state contractors secure work projects.
Alaska Governor Bill Walker was in North Pole on Wednesday to sign into law HB23, which will create a fund for surviving dependents of fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Alaska Governor Bill Walker was in North Pole on Wednesday to sign HB23, which will create a fund for surviving dependents of fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters who have their lives in the line of duty.
On Friday afternoon, Alaska Governor Bill Walker officially called the House and Senate back for a second special legislative session in order to broker a compromise on an operating budget before the July 1st government shutdown.
On Friday afternoon, Alaska Governor Bill Walker called for a second special session to come up with a compromise between the House and Senate on a state operating budget before the July 1st government shutdown.
The Governor introduced a compromise plan for the house and senate to consider, but it hasn't gotten much attention. A conference committee is working to come up with a plan that both sides can agree on.
Government shutdown notices have been issued to almost every state agency. We have the details on the affects to education, Veterans Affairs, the PFD Division, the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Transportation and more.
It was the committees that were working Friday, trying to come up with a plan for both the house and senate to vote on. The conference committee failed to adopt either the house or senate versions of house bill 111, the oil and gas production tax.
Pointing out that the legislature is halfway through a 30 day special session, Governor Bill Walker said he called lawmakers back to broker a compromise that fixes our fiscal crisis for good, and closes this year's budget deficit.
With massive budget cuts needed and two sides disagreeing on where those cuts will happen, the Alaska Legislature is worried about a government shutdown. Alaska Governor Bill Walker may intercede in order to reach an agreement.
The State Legislature's failure to come up with a budget that would balance the enormous deficit that is estimated at close to $3 billion could prompt notices of job losses sent out to an estimated 17,000 employees.
The State Senate Finance committee met today to talk about Senate Bill 79, which would limit the number of opioid pills in medical prescriptions. It's part of Governor Bill Walker's efforts to put into law ways to deal with the widespread opioid abuse.
With the regularly scheduled 121-day regular session now passed, Governor Bill Walker has called the Alaska Legislature into special session for the second year in a row: The main objective will be to deal with the nearly $3 billion budget deficit.