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Brennan: Stakes higher than ever

By Tom Brennan Trying to guess how the Legislature ultimately will resolve the budget deficit is above my pay grade, but I sure hope they get it right — and make some big decisions this year. I’m actually hopeful they will do both. After all, failure could have consequences such as making Alaska an economic […]

Brennan: Stay focused on budget

By Tom Brennan These are perilous times for Alaska, both in Juneau and Washington, but this state still has tremendous potential — if we don’t blow it. Repsol announced Thursday that its Horseshoe prospect near Nuiqsut, drilled with partner Armstrong Oil and Gas, is proving to be the largest onshore conventional oil discovery in the […]

Brennan: Democrats ‘just showing dignity’

By Tom Brennan You could tell something good must be happening when Nancy Pelosi and her liberal friends seemed to be passing a group kidney stone during President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress Tuesday night. Pelosi, the House minority leader, said she and her fellow Democrats were just showing dignity during Trump’s hour-long speech but […]

Brennan: Ravens were Muktuk’s friends

By Tom Brennan Ravens always make me smile. I can’t watch them without thinking about Muktuk Marston. Marvin “Muktuk” Marston was a great Alaskan, a military leader in World War II who stayed to become a successful businessman and civic leader. But I remember him most for the day when he enchanted my two young […]

Brennan: Down with political correctness

By Tom Brennan Phooey on political correctness. It results in some very questionable decisions. The latest on the national scene is the renaming of Calhoun College, a branch of Yale University. Calhoun College, previously named for former Vice President, Senator and Secretary of State John C. Calhoun, will henceforth be known as Hopper College. That […]

Brennan: State government workforce shrinks

By Tom Brennan The state government workforce actually is shrinking. Katie Marquette, the governor’s press secretary, says that the number of state employees has declined by about 2,500 in the last two years (from about 18,000) and is expected to drop another 400 this year. There was talk last year of a hiring freeze but […]

Brennan: Keep your fingers crossed

By Tom Brennan This is an odd-numbered year, so no state election, and perhaps the best opportunity we’ll have in this decade to straighten out Alaska’s scary public finances. But the positioning by key players so far is unpromising. Perhaps it’s too early for them to be showing their most important cards, but you would […]

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