James Brooks

Marijuana cash flies to Anchorage as state collects $145,800 for December sales

James Barrett flew to Anchorage this week with a suitcase of cash. Tuesday was the deadline for Alaska’s marijuana growers to pay their taxes for… Continue reading

MICHAEL PENN

Walker says Alaska is in the ‘gravest fiscal crisis in state history’

Speaking to the Alaska Legislature Jan. 18, Gov. Bill Walker referenced the words of the director of the Legislative Finance Division and called the state’s… Continue reading

MICHAEL PENN

Cheaper loans for students idea behind measure 2

State Sen. Anna MacKinnon of Eagle River has tried for more than four years to make student loans cheaper. That effort will now be decided… Continue reading

Ballot Measure 1 would allow residents to register to vote when they apply for PFD

Ballot Measure 1 would allow residents to register to vote when they apply for PFD   Ballot Measure 1 is the sole voter intiative on… Continue reading

Legislature starts fifth special session with no clear path forward

The 29th Alaska Legislature on Monday began its fifth special session since the gavel first sounded in January 2015, but lawmakers appear uncertain on their… Continue reading

Legislature adjourns; Walker calls fifth special session

It’s over, but not done. At 11:46 a.m. Sunday, the Alaska Senate adjourned the fourth special session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. Forty minutes later,… Continue reading

Answers to your questions about the Permanent Fund bill

The Alaska Legislature is moving quickly to address a bill that would divert a portion of the Alaska Permanent Fund to pay for the state’s… Continue reading

Senate votes to spend permanent fund earnings on state operations

The Alaska Senate voted late Monday to spend almost $1.8 billion per year from the Alaska Permanent Fund earnings reserve on the operations of state… Continue reading

Lawmakers keep oil tax loophole

The Alaska Legislature has approved a cut to oil and gas drilling subsidies that promises millions in savings but fails to close a loophole that… Continue reading

Seaton instrumental in bill that reduces oil tax credits

JUNEAU — After a month of debate, the Alaska House of Representatives has approved legislation that cuts the annual state subsidy for the oil and… Continue reading

Board advances in-store pot use

JUNEAU — The Alaska Marijuana Control Board has voted unanimously to ask the public to comment on draft regulations allowing recreational marijuana users to enjoy… Continue reading

Anchorage legislator’s plan could halve state’s deficit in about a year

JUNEAU — For 13 months, Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, has been working on a plan to use Permanent Fund earnings to partially balance Alaska’s state… Continue reading

Slow flow, not low flow, is pipeline’s issue

JUNEAU — The trans-Alaska Pipeline System is still 100 percent full. The speed of oil flow, not the amount of oil in the 39-year-old pipeline,… Continue reading

Amid budget gloom, analyst gives reason for fiscal optimism

JUNEAU — If you factor in the sizes of their respective budgets, Alaska’s $50 billion Permanent Fund leaves the state in a better financial position… Continue reading

John Tichotsky, chief economist, left, and Randall Hoffbeck, Commissioner for the Department of Revenue, give a revenue forecast presentation to the Senate Finance Committee on Monday.-Photo by Michael Penn, Morris News Service - Alaska

Economist: Volatility new normal

JUNEAU — While Alaskans hope for a rebound in oil prices, the state’s top revenue economist warned the Alaska Senate Finance Committee that even if… Continue reading

John Tichotsky, chief economist, left, and Randall Hoffbeck, Commissioner for the Department of Revenue, give a revenue forecast presentation to the Senate Finance Committee on Monday.-Photo by Michael Penn, Morris News Service - Alaska
For the second year in the row, Emma Sulczynski is West Homer Elementary School’s spelling bee champion. Emma is a sixth-grader.-Photo provided

State likely to dump new standardized test

JUNEAU — After almost four years of preparation and planning, plus millions of dollars in implementation, Alaska’s new standardized testing scheme appears bound for the… Continue reading

For the second year in the row, Emma Sulczynski is West Homer Elementary School’s spelling bee champion. Emma is a sixth-grader.-Photo provided

Alaska Legislature opens its regular session

JUNEAU — On Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Matt Claman, D-Anchorage, and Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, climbed the steps of the Capitol together with smiles on their… Continue reading

Alaska Legislature opens its regular session

JUNEAU — On Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Matt Claman, D-Anchorage, and Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, climbed the steps of the Capitol together with smiles on their… Continue reading

Legislators postpone making decision on Anchorage offices

The Alaska Legislature’s Legislative Council has postponed a decision on its expensive Anchorage offices. In a presentation Friday, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak and chairman of… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker presents his fiscal plan at the Anchorage International Airport on Wednesday.-Photo by Elwood Brehmer, Morris News Service-Alaska

Walker proposes big fix, including income tax, to solve state’s budget woes

Gov. Bill Walker is proposing the biggest changes to Alaska’s system of taxes and revenue since Jay Hammond signed legislation eliminating the state’s income tax… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker presents his fiscal plan at the Anchorage International Airport on Wednesday.-Photo by Elwood Brehmer, Morris News Service-Alaska