School choice issues took center stage in Juneau today with the first hearing on HB 145, designed to provide funding for student enrollment in charter, alternative and private schools statewide.
Introduced by Wasilla Rep. Wes Keller, the measure would establish a “parental choice scholarship program” allowing parents to use state education funds outside of traditional public [...]Read More>>
Now in the third week of hearings, the debate over the controversial oil tax overhaul became polemic today as lawmakers continued their interviews with both industry insiders and major producers.
“Removing the upside to the degree the progrecivity feature does makes it much more difficult to compete for investment dollars,” said Marilyn Crockett, Executive Director of [...]Read More>>
The oil tax debate made its way to Anchorage today, with the House Finance Committee hearing invited testimony from native corporations, business leaders and oil and gas producers.
The bill has passed the House Resources Committee, and would provide up to $2 billion in tax credits annually while slashing production taxes by as much as 50 [...]Read More>>
After approving a multi-billion dollar operating budget late last week, today legislators turned their sites to Gov. Sean Parnell’s $1.7 billion proposed capital budget.
Hearings on the budget bill are scheduled this week in the Senate, and Sen. Bert Stedman said he expects the final bill to top $2 billion after a last minute, $200 million [...]Read More>>
While legislators continue their review of Gov. Sean Parnell’s oil and gas tax overhaul, eleventh hour revisions to a smaller proposed bill would provide $10 million in tax credits with no disclosure requirements.
House Bill 118 would provide the annual corporate tax credits for qualifying research and development costs, including oil and gas exploration and production.
The [...]Read More>>