Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

Construction is beginning on a Native children’s dental clinic and health services facility in Anchorage. Southcentral Foundation provides statewide dental services to Alaska Native and American Indian beneficiaries of the Indian Health Service. At a ground-breaking ceremony Monday, SCF president and CEO Katherine Gottlieb said the new clinic will add 32 dental chairs to the 15 they have now, and create an environment designed to put children at ease.

by The Associated Press

The owners of the downtown Anchorage legislative office building have filed an administrative claim seeking $37 million in damages following a botched lease deal.

Lawmakers earlier this year mulled buying the building after a state court judge invalidated their lease but Gov. Walker threatened to veto that purchase. The Legislative Council has since decided to pursue office space in another building.

by the Associated Press

Gov. Bill Walker is proposing a new, statewide 3-percent sales and use tax, an alternative to his proposal to reinstate a personal income tax.

The sales tax bill was among the measures introduced Monday, as lawmakers began a special session called by Walker to address the state's budget deficit. Certain items would be exempted from the sales tax, including groceries, wages and real estate purchases or rentals.

The Department of Revenue estimates the tax could generate $500 million annually.

KNBA News - June 17, 2016

Jun 17, 2016

Former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan Drops Out of U.S. Senate Race

By Associated Press

Alaska won't have two U.S. senators with the same name. Former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan says he’s dropping out of the Republican primary race challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Sullivan tells KTUU he can best serve Alaskans by working on local and statewide issues. Alaska's junior U.S. Senator and former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan was elected in 2014.

New federal rule could prevent litigation over Native children in state custody

By Jennifer Canfield, KTOO - Juneau

Under new federal guidance, it will be easier for potential Alaska Native and Native American parents to adopt Native children in state custody.

by Rachel Waldholz, APRN

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 14, 2016--Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA+' rating to the state of Alaska's $150 million general obligation (GO) bonds, series 2016B. The bonds are scheduled to sell via competitive bid on June 22, 2016.

In addition, Fitch has downgraded the following ratings:

--The state's Long-Term Issuer-Default Rating to 'AA+' from 'AAA';

--Approximately $753.8 million in outstanding GO bonds to 'AA+' from 'AAA';

--$244 million in outstanding lease obligation bonds, subject to annual appropriation to 'AA' from 'AA+'.

Alaskans honor victims of attack on a gay bar in Florida

AP - The Alaska House of Representatives stood for a moment of silence yesterday [Monday] to honor the shooting victims of a deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. U.S. and Alaska state flags are at half staff until sunset on Thursday to honor the victims, which include 49 dead and 53 injured in a mass shooting.

AVCP 2015 Annual Report

June 14, 2016

AVCP admits to board of directors longstanding financial woes.

By Adrian Wagner, KYUK – Bethel

In southwest Alaska, the regional nonprofit tribal organization the Association of Village Council Presidents has confirmed near bankruptcy, authorless financial investments, and three pending audits.

  Wednesday, June 8th, Tribal leaders from across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta came together for what many thought was a long overdue discussion on the state of AVCP’s finances.

Amount of revenue, and "bundling" of tax proposals raise questions

by the Associated Press

Gov. Bill Walker's newly repackaged tax proposals have landed with a thud in the Alaska Legislature, with criticism over having all the pieces rolled together and questions about the overall impact. Sen. Mia Costello asked Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck why bother with this, noting that the package would address only a small portion of the estimated multi-billion dollar state deficit.