May 3, 2016

Legislators have 45 days to negotiate purchase of building at Minnesota and Benson

The Legislative Council voted Monday evening to spend $12.5 million to buy a mid-town Anchorage Wells 

  Fargo bank building for Legislative offices. Gov. Bill Walker had threatened to veto the $32 million the Council planned to use to buy the downtown Anchorage Legislative Office building. A judge had also overturned the state’s lease at that site, saying the council had violated competitive bidding laws.

Governor says Alaska can’t afford it

By The Associated Press

Gov. Bill Walker says he would veto the purchase of a legislative office building in Anchorage if that item remains in the state infrastructure budget. Walker says he doesn't think the state can afford it. He says he thinks legislators should know as they put the budget together where he stands on that issue.


State budget cuts stymie Mat Su Port MacKenzie project

By Rachel Woldholz, APRN - Anchorage

The scheduled debate on a bill overhauling Alaska’s oil and gas tax credits never happened on Wednesday.

Speaker of the House Mike Chenault (sha-NALT) pulled the bill, saying that it didn’t have enough votes to pass.

Members of the Republican-led House majority are unhappy with a provision of the bill that changes tax credits in Cook Inlet. But members of the Democratic minority also don’t like the bill. They say it’s too generous to industry.

KNBA News for April 13, 2016

Senate Finance proposes to restructure Permanent Fund, dividends

April 4, 2016

Sen. Murkowski opposes hearing on U.S. Supreme Court nominee until new president is elected

by The Associated Press

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she hasn't settled on which Republican presidential candidate she will support. But Steve Wackowski, the GOP senator's campaign manager, says Murkowski will not back a Democratic hopeful.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

Continuing low prices pressure Legislators to consider reduced oil and gas tax credits

By the Associated Press

March 31, 2016

No ash cloud or aviation advisories in effect

By the Associated Press

The Alaska Volcano Observatory reports the Pavlof volcano continues to rumble and explode but is no longer sending up massive ash clouds. Drifting ash has dispersed and there are no National Weather Service aviation or ash fall advisories in effect. However, the Observatory cautions it is possible for conditions at the Pavlov volacano to change at any time with little to no warning. 

March 28, 2016

Volcanic eruption led to dozens of flight cancellations in Interior, NW, Northern Alaska


Revenue Commissioner said Income Tax Unlikely This Legislative Session

By the Associated Press

Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck said he doesn't think a bill to reinstate a personal state income tax in Alaska will move in the Legislature this session.

The bill is one of several proposed by Gov. Bill Walker as part of plan to address the state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit.

KNBA News for March 17, 2016

Job losses loom

By the Associated Press

Officials predict that Alaska's construction industry could lose as much as 18 percent of its work force this year due to last year’s state budget cuts. Alaska Association of General Contractors director John Mackinnon, tells KTUU-TV the loss could affect more than 3,000 jobs.


Covenant House seeks to help prevent sexual crimes