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Alaskans to comment on directing Permanent Fund earnings to budget rather than, in part, to dividends

By Andrew Kitchenman, APRN State Government and Politics Reporter - Juneau

Alaskans get their first chance tonight (Thursday) to tell legislators what they think of the centerpiece of Gov. Bill Walker's fiscal plan for the state.

The Senate State Affairs Committee will begin hearing public testimony at 5:30 p.m. on Senate Bill 128, which would direct $3.3 billion annually in Alaska Permanent Fund earnings and other state funds to the state budget.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

April 29, 2015

Even rural communities that have raised the money to build modern sanitation systems face the threat of their ultimate failure due to the lack of funding for operations and maintenance, wiping away whatever health gains were achieved.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Environmental Health and Engineering Department provides technical assistance to water treatment plant operators in the region. Here’s a bit of the conversation during a recent teleconference.

Oil revenues will be $374 million more than earlier projected, but down almost four billion from peak revenues of a few years ago, and $1.5 billion less than the state's FY2014 budget.

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich is pushing to modify legislation that could result in more tribal court jurisdiction in Alaska.