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Walker’s PFD explanation falls short

Gov. Bill Walker’s weekend op-ed in the Alaska Dispatch News trying to explain this year’s $1,022 Permanent Fund dividend check – when it should have been more than twice as much – fell woefully short of the mark. In it, he explains he vetoed $1.3 billion in June, including $430 million in oil-tax credits – […]

Begich will be back

We note with some surprise Mark Begich’s decision not to mount a write-in campaign for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s seat in Washington, D.C. The Alaska Democrat  lost his U.S. Senate seat two years ago to now-Sen. Dan Sullivan. The decision, of course, is good news for Murkowski who now will not have to fret as much […]

Where have they been?

Congress is getting agitated over increased Chinese investment in Hollywood. Some of its members are fretting that Tinsel Town will be used for propaganda and that will undermine national security. At first, we thought it was a joke, too, what with Hollywood being part and parcel of all good leftist propaganda these days, but, no, […]

Thank you, Gov. Walker, now how about an answer?

More than 643,000 Alaskans today got the news that their Permanent Fund dividend this year will be cut by more than half, to $1,022, by a Gov. Bill Walker veto. Without the veto, Alaskans likely would have received as much as $2,052. Walker made that announcement this morning via a video recorded Palmer 8th grade […]

Alaska Permanent Fund board does right thing

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., which manages the state’s $54 billion Permanent Fund, did the right thing in turning its back on Gov. Bill Walker’s idea of having the fund buy and sell oil tax credits, a concept that would get the state off the hook for the mounting expense. Walker’s former law partner and […]

Let them eat napkins, menus and aprons

We are left to marvel at the tin ear, the absolute tone deafness many in state government seem to exhibit. Take, for instance, Gov. Bill Walker’s 15-minute keynote address – an Alaska LNG pitch for the Asian market – at the CWC World LNG and Gas Series: Eighth Asia Pacific Summit. He was one of […]

Who really needs a Legislature anyway?

The Walker administration has a unique take on how to get along with the Legislature. It simply ignores that pesky branch of government. The administration is taking another look at a thought-to-be-kaput plan to borrow money – up to $3.2 billion in pension obligation bonds – to reduce the hundreds of millions of dollars the […]

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