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Gimme a Smile: Life lessons from Alaska | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper   Leave a comment

Although she is in Southeastern, which is nearly 1000 miles from Fairbanks, so something don’t apply, she has the basic Alaskan attitude.

Gimme a Smile: Life lessons from Alaska | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper.

Posted July 6, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in Alaska

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Minority fighting for Alaskans on budget – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Community Perspectives   Leave a comment

I completely disagree with Rep. Kito. The minority wants to hit pause on any economic development in Alaska to fund programs that have shown themselves to be short-term boondoggles that have zero return on investment. We don’t need more people in Alaska sitting on one welfare roll or another. We need people working and growing our state.

Minority fighting for Alaskans on budget – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Community Perspectives.

Medicaid expansion will cover working Alaskans making up to $54,000 (for a family of four) who must currently pay a premium employer provided medical insurance. Many of these people are State of Alaska employees who pay $200 a month for insurance.

Let’s think about that. $54,000 a year, $2400 a year in premiums — they need “free” medical care???? The cost to the state under the current federal scheme seems reasonable until you remember that the federal government is $18 trillion in debt and currently borrowing more than 25% of its annual budget. What happens when reality sets in?

Alaska will be on the hook for the full cost of this program and probably unable to opt out. That’s billions of dollars. Which means this is a program that will eat the state budget, chew up the Permanent Fund and leave us with NOTHING.

Posted May 28, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in Alaska

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Does minority want shutdown? | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper   Leave a comment

Does minority want shutdown? | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper.

The fact is that this is not a one-issue conversation. The writer is right and the Legislative majority is right at this point in time about refusing to expand the budget, but the long-term fiscal picture requires killing some of the sacred cows of the majority as well. Yes, use the earnings reserve, but require pay back as revenues come in and then have a serious discussion about how we want to fix our fiscal house in the long term.

Posted May 26, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in Alaska

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My Turn: Too much risk with house minority positions as Medicaid expansion questions loom | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper   Leave a comment

My Turn: Too much risk with house minority positions as Medicaid expansion questions loom | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper.

The battle in the Alaska Legislature explained.

CEG Looks Back: The Alaska Pipeline Cuts Through the Last Frontier | Story ID: 25334 | Construction Equipment Guide   3 comments

This is actually an older article (it referenced Gov. Murkowski, who left office in 2006), but it does a great job of describing the TAPS.

CEG Looks Back: The Alaska Pipeline Cuts Through the Last Frontier | Story ID: 25334 | Construction Equipment Guide.

Because of continuing decline in throughput, the State of Alaska is now headed toward a possible shutdown of state government, which affects every aspect of Alaskan lives because that’s how the oil revenue reaches the people. Having weathered the ongoing Recession of 2008, if our legislature and government cannot come to a compromise in the next few weeks, we will be facing mass layoffs of about 40% of the state’s working population.

Or not.

I’m starting a new series about oil in Alaska and life in a resource state.

Seattle: Port needs new permit – Alaska Journal of Commerce – May Issue 2 2015 – Anchorage, AK   Leave a comment

Lovely! The environmentalists have convinced another state to further damage the Alaskan economy, and what are our options to do anything about it? None!

Seattle: Port needs new permit – Alaska Journal of Commerce – May Issue 2 2015 – Anchorage, AK.

This is exactly what is wrong with this country.

Alaskans are not freaking Eskimos in a snow globe. We need jobs. We have a good history, far better than most other states, in environmental protection and when we actually manage to meet the federal standards, the environmentalists convince Washington State to deny Shell use of their port so that they miss the drilling season.

Can we please secede NOW? I’d like to do that before we’re back to being the poorest state in the union and unable to take care of ourselves.

IRS needs comments on ‘Cadillac’ tax – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Community Perspectives   Leave a comment

IRS needs comments on ‘Cadillac’ tax – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Community Perspectives.

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