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9/12/16

By the Associated Press

Alaska imports 96 percent of its food, and the governor said that should change. The Juneau Empire reports Gov. Bill Walker spoke during a conference for the National Association of Farmer's Market Nutrition Programs.

He said population growth since statehood helped reduce the percentage of locally-grown food that residents consumed from half to 4 percent. He said he would like to see significant growth in the percentage of Alaska-grown food. Walker noted there are now 42 farmers markets statewide compared to 11 in 2004.

Based on a story by Josh Edge, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage Gov. Bill Walker and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have issued disaster declarations due to erosion and flooding in the Butte area along the Matanuska River. The flooding is due to a change in direction in the river rather than high water. If water breaks through the embankment, as many as 75 homes could be affected. State Department of Transportation and Mat-Su borough response crews are working to bring in armor rock to contain the river.

Monday (Aug. 15), Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth announced she will drop an appeal in a case involving increased tribal jurisdiction through placement of tribal lands into trust.

Trust status transfers title to those lands to the federal government, and protects the land from taxation or seizure for debt. It gives tribes greater jurisdiction and access to federal funding. Trust lands include reservations. They’re a long-standing and common feature of land management for lower 48 tribes.

July 28, 2017

Gov. Bill Walker let a bill that will restrict who can teach sex education in public schools become law without his signature.

In his transmittal letter to the Speaker of the House, the governor stated the parts of the bill on "the teaching of sexual education, human reproduction or human sexuality are controversial, and misunderstood.”

By the Associated Press

The Alaska House has asked the Senate to meet in joint session to consider potential overrides of vetoes made by Gov. Bill Walker. House Speaker Mike Chenault says he sent a letter to Senate President Kevin Meyer asking for a joint session Friday. Chenault said he's not sure where the votes might be to try to override any particular veto. But he said there's enough interest on his side to at least hold a session to consider potential overrides.

Governor warns Legislators lack of new revenues jeopardizes Alaska's prosperity; Proposal to cut tax credits for oil and gas producers moves in Legislature; Legislators pass criminal justice reform legislation; Elder concerned broadband access threatens cultural heritage

 Governor Walker says prolonged fiscal uncertainty mars Alaskan economic outlook 

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

5/11/2016 Wednesday

A Legislative committee has passed a bill that would phase out most oil and gas tax credits and restructure Cook Inlet taxes.

As KTOO's Matt Miller reports, Gov. Bill Walker will appoint a new Justice to Supreme Court in the next few days. 

Governor says Alaska can’t afford it

By The Associated Press

Gov. Bill Walker says he would veto the purchase of a legislative office building in Anchorage if that item remains in the state infrastructure budget. Walker says he doesn't think the state can afford it. He says he thinks legislators should know as they put the budget together where he stands on that issue.

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State budget cuts stymie Mat Su Port MacKenzie project

Feb. 22, 2016

State Representatives question proposal to cut oil and gas tax credits

By The Associated Press

Governor sets deadline for alignment with oil and gas producers

By the Associated Press

Gov. Bill Walker says he wants the state and the North Slope's major producers to reach agreement on key contracts and issues related to a major gas project before the end of the current legislative session. If the parties don't reach alignment on those issues, he says, he'll have "no other choice" but to consider other options for commercializing Alaska's gas.

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