Articles written by James Brooks

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 By James Brooks    News    November 2, 2023

Alaska governor's staff deleted state agency's analysis of teacher pay

Staff for Gov. Mike Dunleavy quashed the publication of a new Department of Labor and Workforce Development report examining the competitiveness of... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    November 2, 2023

Alaska retirement board recommends closure of widely used plan after analysis finds flaws The 'managed accounts' program covers more than 10,000 of the 122,000-plus retirement accounts managed by the state

The board in charge of Alaska’s retirement system for public employees has recommended the closure of its commonly used managed accounts program... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    October 19, 2023

Alaska redistricting board agrees to pay $400,000 after losing Eagle River Senate lawsuit

The five-person board in charge of drawing Alaska’s legislative districts will pay $400,000 to settle financial claims brought by a group of East... Full story


$1,312 Permanent Fund Dividend arrives Oct. 5

This year's Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend will be $1,312. The Alaska Department of Revenue... Full story


In new challenges to Tongass 'Roadless Rule,' pro-logging arguments have disappeared

The state of Alaska, a coalition of business groups and a pair of electric-power organizations have opened a new round in the generation-long fight...


Study: Alaska is failing to keep most Alaska-born residents

More than half of Alaskans born within the state have moved away, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data published by the Federal...

 By James Brooks    News    August 24, 2023

Southeast wolves are not threatened or endangered, federal agency concludes

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has again rejected a request to list Southeast Alaska's... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    August 17, 2023

Pete Buttigieg ends Alaska visit with emphasis on ferries

When U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg's flight from Juneau to Haines was rained out... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    August 10, 2023

Alaska natural resources agency OKs bigger off-road vehicles on most state land

Alaskans can now use larger and heavier recreational off-road vehicles on most state land without a specialty permit, a move intended to accommodate... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    July 20, 2023

Permanent Fund could run out of spendable money in three years

The spendable portion of the Alaska Permanent Fund is dwindling and could be exhausted entirely within three years, fund leaders were told during a... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    July 20, 2023

Another campaign complaint filed against opponents of Alaska ranked choice voting

Supporters of Alaska’s ranked choice voting system are again alleging that opponents of the system are violating state campaign law. On Monday,... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    June 22, 2023

Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoes half of proposed funding increase for K-12 public schools

Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed Alaska’s $6 billion state budget into law Monday after vetoing more than $200 million from the document approved in...

 By James Brooks    News    June 15, 2023

Why did Alaskans statewide get an Amber Alert on Tuesday?

On Tuesday afternoon, cellphones across the state beeped with emergency tones as the Alaska State Troopers attempted to find two-year-old Karma... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    May 18, 2023

House and Senate failed to pass a bill that would have blocked the pay hikes for Alaska's legislators and top executive-branch officials

Alaska legislators, Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom and the commissioners in charge of state agencies will see pay raises after the... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    May 18, 2023

Legislature approves bill to improve home care for seniors and Alaskans with disabilities

Seniors and people with disabilities who need extra care would be able to get help at home under a bill passed by the Alaska Legislature. The state... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    May 4, 2023

Al Gross should have stayed on U.S. House ballot, Alaska Supreme Court says­­

The Alaska Division of Elections improperly removed Al Gross, an independent candidate for U.S. House, from last year’s special election ballot,... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    May 4, 2023

Alaska Legislature passes bills boosting mothers' health care and renewable energy fund

Thousands of new mothers will receive extended Medicaid coverage under legislation proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and passed by the Alaska... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    April 27, 2023

House-passed bill would trim the time needed for Alaska loggers to cut state-owned forests

A bill advancing in the Alaska Legislature would dramatically shorten the time needed to approve the logging of some state-owned lands, shrinking... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    April 20, 2023

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy weighs a statewide sales tax amid broader push for fiscal plan

In a pair of closed-door meetings with members of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he is prepared to introduce a statewide... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    April 20, 2023

House approves $6.4 billion proposal would cover state services for 12 months starting July 1 and includes a $2,700 PFD

The Alaska House of Representatives on Monday approved a $6.4 billion state operating budget for the 12 months that begin July 1, passing by a 23-17... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    April 6, 2023

Alaska House votes for temporary boost to public school funding

The Alaska House of Representatives voted Monday to increase the amount of money the state pays K-12 schools per student in the 2023-2024 school... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    April 6, 2023

State sales tax, envisioned as part of long-term plan, gets first hearing in Alaska Capitol

A 2% statewide sales tax proposed by Rep. Ben Carpenter, R-Nikiski, received its first legislative hearing last Wednesday night, with its sponsor sayi... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    March 30, 2023

Fast-track budget bill, intended to help food-stamp program, speeds through Alaska Legislature

The Alaska Legislature has passed a fast-track budget bill intended to immediately address problems with the state’s food-aid program for poor... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    March 23, 2023

K-12 funding increase takes first step forward in Alaska House

The Alaska House Education Committee voted 5-2 Wednesday morning to raise the amount Alaska pays K-12 schools per student, a figure known as the base... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    March 23, 2023

Testifiers support new Alaska housing anti-discrimination bill, sharing personal stories

Dozens of Alaskans testified in the state Capitol on Monday, urging lawmakers to advance a new anti-discrimination measure that would protect... Full story


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