House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz is headed back to Juneau on Monday to complete work on the state budget, but there probably won’t be much work taking place.
Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast, upped its income by $50 million in 2014. But it’s still losing money.
On the last day of a three-day meeting in Ketchikan, the Tongass Advisory Committee on Friday unanimously approved a document detailing its recommendations to the U.S. Forest Service for how best to move forward with a transition to second-growth timber.
The Ketchikan City Council voted unanimously Thursday in favor of establishing a sales tax holiday on October 3rd, contingent upon the Ketchikan Gateway Borough agreeing to waive sales taxes on that day, too. The problem is, the Borough Assembly on Monday rejected the idea.
The Tongass Advisory Committee kicked off day 2 of its three-day meeting in Ketchikan Thursday with more than an hour of public comment. That input was consistently negative. But some committee members took that as a good sign.
Funds for Medicaid expansion, ferry service and education could increase when the Legislature reconvenes next week. It’s unclear how much-- if any --funding will be restored to education, so districts are assuming the worst, while hoping for something better.
The Ketchikan City Council will hold a public hearing Thursday on a resolution that would amend the Ketchikan Public Utilities Water Division budget, appropriating $618,000 to pay for work on the city’s water system.
At the start of a three-day meeting in Ketchikan, TAC members said they were confident their recommendations could lead to success, but they weren't confident that the Forest Service will take those recommendations to heart.
The Tongass Advisory Committee will kick off a three-day meeting in Ketchikan Wednesday morning, and on the agenda is the potential adoption of recommendations to the U.S. Forest Service.
The state budget is still in limbo, and lawmakers are in recess for the time being. So, there are no clear answers regarding local budget issues, especially education funding.