The State filed an appeal today to the Alaska Supreme Court in Alaska Democratic Party v. State of Alaska, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state statute that requires a candidate who runs in a political party’s primary election to be a registered member of that party. The Alaska Democratic Party filed suit against the State in order to be allowed to run unaffiliated candidates, who are not registered Democrats, in its 2018 political party primary.
Governor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott today testified in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in support of oil and gas exploration and development in the 1002 section of the non-wilderness area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The 1002 area makes up 8 percent of the 19 million-acre ANWR.
This week 75,000 Alaska residents will receive timely information regarding their Permanent Fund Dividend Automatic Voter Registration. The State Division of Elections (DOE) is sending a mailing for either those who are being newly registered to vote or who are updating their mailing address. These notices are required as part of implementing a ballot measure approved by Alaska voters on November 8, 2016. The new law became effective on March 1, 2017. This means that PFD applications received in March only were processed and verified for voter registration purposes.
Recognizing that Alaska is the United States’ ground zero for the impacts of climate change, Governor Bill Walker today signed Administrative Order 289 establishing the Alaska Climate Change Strategy and Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team.
Governor Bill Walker today announced the release of the State’s Public Safety Action Plan. In August, Governor Walker tasked Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth to work with Commissioners Walt Monegan, Valerie Davidson, and Dean Williams to identify concrete action items that the State can take to help reverse the crime trend that began in 2011 and make Alaskans feel safer in their communities.
Alaska Congressman Don Young today applauded the House-passage of H.Con. Res. 71, a concurrent budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2018 that paves the way to long overdue tax reform and resource development within the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).
The majority of Alaskans have a middle-of-the-road outlook on the state’s economy, according to the most recent Alaska Confidence Index (ACI). In the third quarter of 2017, the ACI dropped one point to 50, returning to the neutral reading around which it has bounced for the last two years. While Alaskans lack confidence in the broader state economy, they have positive outlooks on their own personal financial situations and a neutral view of their local economies.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be this coming Saturday, October 28th. The event starts at 10:00 A.M. and ends at 2:00 P.M.
Alaska’s total employment was down by an estimated 1.3 percent in September compared to September 2016, a loss of about 4,600 jobs. Over-the-year job losses have gradually gotten smaller in 2017, however. The largest losses during the current downturn were in the fall of 2017 at -2.6 percent.