Juneau) -- While public interest in Alaska politics may focus on budgets, tax bills and fiscal gaps, the state Legislature has passed bills that attract less attention, but still improve life for thousands of Alaskans.
One of these is my House Bill 188, “The ABLE Account Act,” which has passed the House and Senate unanimously, and is awaiting the governor’s signature to become law.
One way or another, Alaskans will be taxed. The Legislature should decide how much.
On Wednesday, the Senate voted 17-3 to approve Senate Bill 210, which would significantly reduce state funding provided to Alaska’s larger cities. It’s a move intended to reduce the state’s $4 billion budget deficit, but it does nothing but push taxes from the state level to the local level.
It's unfortunate that legislation like Senate Bill 174 even needs to be debated. In a perfect world, there would be no threat of violence at institutions of higher learning. But the times we live in require unorthodox solutions to curb the trend of mass shootings on university campuses.
SB 174, which would allow for the concealed carry of firearms and knives on University of Alaska campuses, isn't a perfect solution, but it's a better solution than doing nothing.
I really enjoy the Eagle River Nature Center and the Chugach State Park (CSP) wild lands to the east. On almost every visit something extraordinary happens. Last October, my wife and I drove to the Nature Center to look for wildlife. A short distance down the trail, the vista opens up to a majestic view of the surrounding mountains and beaver built wetlands adjacent to a salmon spawning stream. Much to our good fortune, a brown bear was at the far end of an open area going in and out of view chasing fish.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON – An uncontrollable cold chill bites your face, the dryness in your eyes increases with every stride and the occasional gust of wind sneaks past several layers of clothing and touches your skin like the cold water of a morning shower. But all of these unsettling sensations are merely part of the experience and excitement of playing pond hockey.
(JUNEAU) – When I consider Alaska’s budget situation, I remember my dad explaining what he called the First Rule of Holes: “When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.”
In the face of a budget shortfall now estimated at $4.1 billion, due to low oil prices, the Alaska Legislature has followed my dad’s rule. We’ve stopped digging a deeper fiscal hole, and reduced state spending as the essential first step in fixing our deficit.
March is also: National Caffeine Awareness Month, National Celery Month, National Cheerleading Safety Month, National Craft Month, National Credit Education Month, National Flour Month, National Frozen Food Month, National Kidney Disease Awareness Month, National Nutrition Month, National Peanut Month, National Sauce Month, National Umbrella Month, and National Women’s History Month.
Many of us remember the famous line, “there you go again!” used by Ronald Reagan during his campaign against incumbent President Jimmy Carter on October 28, 1980, during a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters. That statement applies in Anchorage this election cycle as we have come to expect the same efforts to overspend a mandated tax cap every time a liberal mayor takes over. There THEY go again…
Results of this year’s election will impact Eagle River-Chugiak homeowners and parents for at least 20 years.
As law enforcement officials, we earn public confidence not just by being professional, but by evolving and working smarter. That’s why we are encouraged by the smart justice reforms laid out in Senate Bill 91.
By advancing evidence-based reforms to the state’s systems for bail, sentencing, and community supervision, Senate Bill 91 aligns our justice system with the best knowledge in the field on what works to prevent crimes and change criminal offending behavior.