The Anchorage School District spent less money than they planned during the first quarter of this year. If that trend continues, they'll have an extra $22 million left over by the end of June 2015. Much of the savings come from the district's difficulty in hiring and retaining highly-experienced teachers and staff. ASD is spending less than planned on salaries and benefits.
After losing an election that was the most expensive -- and some say annoying -- in state history, outgoing Sen. Mark Begich has proposed a bill that would curtail political calls to voters’ homes. Download Audio
Bethel’s Ana Hoffman and former Senate President Rick Halford are chairing incoming Governor Bill Walker’s transition team. Walker is racing towards inauguration next month. Download Audio
Begich Bill Would Shush Political Calls; Hoffman, Halford Prepare for Walker Transition Weekend; Gov.-Elect Walker Wants To Expand Medicaid. Can It Happen?; Anchorage School District Could Have Up To $22 Million Surplus Next Summer; Report: ‘Rural Governance Remains Unfinished in Alaska’; North Pole City Council Considering Sales Tax Hike; Community gives input on Anchorage plan to end homelessness; President Obama Highlights Sitka Schools on Technology Download Audio
On the campaign trail, Bill Walker made expanding the state's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act one of his top priorities. And he's confident he could make the decision without input from the state legislature. "It’s up to the Governor to accept that." But when Walker takes office next month, will it really be so easy to expand a program that has been a tough sell in other conservative states? Download Audio
Formalizing a government to government relationship between tribes and the state was the message and mission today of former members of a commission tasked with addressing tribal self governance. Their report says rural governance "remains unfinished business in Alaska." Download Audio
The Sitka School District has a big fan: President Barack Obama. Sitka Schools Superintendent Mary Wegner was in Washington D.C. on Wednesday for a White House summit on technology and education. Download Audio
The municipality is developing a new community plan to end homelessness in Anchorage. During a listening session held Wednesday evening, about 20 people gathered to discuss possible solutions to the decades old problem, including involving more local government and making services more efficient. Download Audio
The ride-share service won an important battle in the Anchorage Assembly, and will be allowed to keep operating in the city as they work out a memorandum of understanding with the municipality.
The case has less to do with marijuana debate than it does with campaign finance rules, and how the state enforces transparency in elections.