Monthly Archives: February 2011

Reliable Numbers

By Dave Donaldson

Legislators have become skeptical of some of the justifications and data they’re getting from the Parnell administration about the future of the state’s economy.   Continue reading

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FAA Reauthorization

By Libby Casey

The U-S Senate has approved a $34-Billion bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration.  It took years to hammer out a deal, but in the end had strong bipartisan support and the votes of both Alaskan Senators, passing 87 to 8.  Conservative Republicans voted against it. Continue reading

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U.S. House Budget

By Libby Casey

House Republicans are in the midst of pushing through the largest spending cuts of the modern era.  They’re rolling through hundreds of amendments, related to everything from cutting public broadcasting to cutting funds for the federal health care law. Continue reading

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Alyeska: Worst Problem is Low Oil Flow

By Dave Donaldson

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s new President Tom Barrett today told legislators that the biggest problem facing the TransAlaska Pipeline is the low volume of oil being shipped from the North Slope. Continue reading

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Essential Air Service Vote

By Libby Casey

The Essential Air Service Program that subsidizes flights to rural Alaska is safe – for now.  Arizona Senator John McCain’s attempt to kill the program’s funding died in the Senate today.  McCain’s amendment was tabled on a vote of 61 to 38. Continue reading

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Spend More on Energy

By Libby Casey

Despite sober warnings by President Obama that federal spending must be reigned in, he actually wants to boost funding for the Energy Department. Continue reading

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Deadline For Health Insurance Action

By Dave Donaldson

Governor Parnell has until Friday to decide whether to accept a million dollar federal grant to help set up a state-run health insurance exchange that would give Alaskans and small businesses access to competitive information they can use to develop their own health insurance coverage. Continue reading

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