By Tim Bradner For the Frontiersman

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Senators add spending as clock ticks toward adjournment; new Permanent Fund Dividend formula proposed

The Senate’s version of the state operating budget is taking shape in the Senate Finance Committee and among other things now has $60 million in additional K-12 school funding and a $60 million...

2022 legislative session begins wind-down; it could be a productive year

The 2022 state legislative session is beginning to wind down. There are about three weeks left before a required adjournment on the 120th day required by the state constitution. The 90th day, a...

Legislation to jump-start children's’ early learning and reading passes Senate

A bill that could improve reading skills among young children in Alaska schools has passed the state Senate without opposition and is now in the state House.Sen. Shelley Hughes, R-Mat-Su, is one of...

Governor introduces appropriation bill for initial $1 billion federal infrastructure funding

Gov. Mike Dunleavy submitted a bill to the Legislature April 4, to appropriate $1.004 billion in initial funding anticipated to be received by the state from the 2021 federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs...

Mat-Su assembly considers additional property tax exemption; tidal power project test at borough’s Port MacKenzie announced

The Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly is considering an additional property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans who are on fixed incomes and being hit hard by inflation.The proposal was introduced and...

Larger than life, Don Young left a powerful legacy for Alaska

A lot of Alaskans have spoken of their recollections of Don Young.Here are some of mine.Young was a genuine, larger-than-life Alaskan. I first met him in Fort Yukon in the early 1960s. I...

New revenues to state make Alaskans feel a little wealthier; Governor calls for big Permanent Fund Dividends

Alaskans felt a bit wealthier last week after the Department of Revenue released its spring revenue forecast last week, an update of the fall forecast issued earlier. Higher oil prices have sharply increased...

$230 million in community grants included in big federal budget omnibus bill, Murkowski says

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski was able to tuck 65 medium-sized to small grants to Alaska communities and nonprofits in the 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act that President Joe Biden is expected to sign Tuesday,...

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