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Why not abolish city charter?

Watching our betters as they try to pad government coffers with a proposed 5 percent retail alcohol tax, we have a suggestion: Why not just abolish the city charter? No, really. it would save time and allow city officials to do whatever they want. This is the third time in recent memory – the convention […]

PFD cuts and new faces

With the Department of Revenue spring oil price and production forecast due in a few weeks, with Senate leaders struggling to find a way to reduce the shock of shrinking the state budget by $1.6 billion and time ticking away, some lawmakers are looking for an easy way out. Some of them – surprise – […]

It ain’t us

It is interesting to watch the budget process unfold before our very eyes. No matter what happens, ordinary Alaskans, as usual, will get to shoulder whatever the budget burden turns out to be. It might be substantial. Gov. Mike Duneavy’s audacious budget proposal would trim $1.6 billion from state spending. The shocked howls have been […]

Transparency

The Alaska Public Offices Commission’s staff recently rejected a bid by a top official in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration to keep confidential the name of clients of PS Strategies, an advertising and political consulting firm the official owns. Mary Ann Pruitt, under a $185,000-a-year contract with Dunleavy’s administration as contract communications director, is required to […]

Why?

Watching the media hype and the hand-wringing and the froth over the plight of R&B singer R. Kelly, who is denying the 10 criminal sexual abuse charges filed against him in Illinois. His is a sordid story that came to light after numerous women accused him of sexual misconduct in the recent Lifetime docu-series “Surviving […]

Government extortion

If you can say one thing about the Anchorage Assembly you can say this: It will never give up trying to get into your pocket as long as you have one penny left. Take, for instance, its putting onto the ballot in the upcoming April 2 election a proposed 5 percent retail alcohol sales tax […]

Climate Action Plan

The city apparently does not have enough on its plate. Now, it turns out, Anchorage has a new draft Climate Action Plan. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced Anchorage has joined with something called the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy – a European group – to reduce greenhouse emissions in Anchorage by “80 percent […]

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