GovBeat: Alaska

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/01/2014

Alaska wants the humpback whale off the Endangered Species list

Delisting the whale could open new territory for oil exploration.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, Energy, Environment, newsletter

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Map: Where tea partiers live, by state

Alaska is home to the most, per capita. New York, the least.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:05 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, map, maps, Montana, New Jersey, New York, newsletter, North Dakota, Rankings, tea party, wyoming

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Watch Alaska’s House speaker welcome back lawmakers with a cow bell joke

There are three things you have to know in order to understand this political insider’s joke from Alaska.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, Humor, legislature

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Alaska Session Preview: What to do about a $2 billion revenue hole

The $2 billion dip in revenues is the result of new oil tax cuts as well as dropping prices and production.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, budget, legislature, legislatures, Revenue

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Here’s a sampling of local projects funded by the $1.1 trillion spending bill

A roundup of local projects in four states that will receive a combined $20 billion in funds.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:24 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, budget, budget deal, budgets, California, federal funding, washington, West Virginia

Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Alaska could become the third state to legalize marijuana—as soon as August

A group says it’s turned in more than 50 percent more signatures than are necessary to qualify.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:02 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, ballot initiatives, initiatives, Marijuana

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 12/30/2013

FAA picks six states for drone testing

The decision could bring billions in economic development as the number of drone manufacturers grows in coming years.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:52 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, drones, Nevada, New York, newsletter, North Dakota, States, texas, virginia

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Energy states have the biggest budget cushions

Being home to a substantial energy sector has provided a few states some fiscal security.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, budget, budgets, Energy, North Dakota, texas, West Virginia, wyoming

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Alaska revenue to fall $2 billion after oil tax cuts take effect

Rolling back Sarah Palin’s tax hikes will cost Alaska big bucks.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:47 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, gas, newsletter, oil, Revenue, States, taxes

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Alaska says no to Medicaid expansion

The state will forgo up to $3.7 billion in federal funding, leave 40,000 uninsured.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:17 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, Alaska, medicaid, obamacare, States

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 09/23/2013

State reliance on federal dollars near all-time high

States are relying more on federal money than ever before -- and that money is about to disappear.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:20 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, budget, budgets, D.C., deficit, Maryland, New Mexico, virginia

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Many states with few insured citizens aren’t expanding Medicaid under Obamacare

Many of the states whose citizens are most likely to be uninsured have no plans to expand.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, coverage, Delaware, District of Columbia, expansion, Florida, georgia, Hawaii, health, Healthcare, insurance, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, medicaid, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, texas, VERMONT, wisconsin

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 09/12/2013

Per-student spending dropped by a fifth in Oklahoma and Alabama in just six years

At least 34 states spend less per student now than before the recession, according to a new report.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:32 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alabama, alaska, Arizona, budget, census, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Connecticut, education, florida, iowa, kansas, national association of state budget officers, North Dakota, Oklahoma, oregon, per-student, spending, student, West Virginia

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Hispanics most likely to go without health insurance

Hispanics are much more likely to go without insurance than whites or blacks.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:02 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alaska, census, florida, health care, insurance, massachusetts, montana, States

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 08/20/2013

Ranking the states: Credit card debt

Alaska residents hold more credit card debt per capita than any other state, while the Midwest is more frugal.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:50 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alaska, credit cards, debt, iowa, Rankings, spending, States