What was the basis for Senate Bill 140? Follow the money to higher speed internet in rural Alaska favoring cable fiber, not satellite speeds
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by Suzanne Downing
5h ago
Although Senate Bill 140 is now a comprehensive education package with provisions for student transportation, correspondence schools, charter schools, teacher bonuses, help for deaf and hard-of-hearing children, and basic funding for school districts, it started out as a simple bill: Higher speed internet for schools in rural Alaska. The text of the original bill is […] The post What was the basis for Senate Bill 140? Follow the money to higher speed internet in rural Alaska favoring cable fiber, not satellite speeds appeared first on Must Read Alaska ..read more
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Complaint: Indigenous folk knowledge was used by Biden to cancel oil, gas leases in Alaska last year
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by Suzanne Downing
1d ago
From the time he took office, President Joe Biden signaled “a clear commitment to science” and pledged sweeping initiatives to elevate the role of science in the federal government. But instead of science, the Biden Administration immediately leaned into the concept of “indigenous knowledge” and allowed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to use the loosely defined […] The post Complaint: Indigenous folk knowledge was used by Biden to cancel oil, gas leases in Alaska last year appeared first on Must Read Alaska ..read more
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Manchin is a ‘no’ for third party run for Oval Office, which means Murkowski is out for V.P.
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by Suzanne Downing
2d ago
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin told a group Friday that he will not enter the 2024 presidential race as a third-party candidate. He had been exploring running under the No Labels group, which has registered in 16 states to participate in the presidential election. No Labels is NOW on the ballot in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, […] The post Manchin is a ‘no’ for third party run for Oval Office, which means Murkowski is out for V.P. appeared first on Must Read Alaska ..read more
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Omnibus education funding bill set for House floor debate, amendments, vote on Monday
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by Suzanne Downing
2d ago
Senate Bill 140, a bill that has various funding components for Alaska school districts, is on the calendar for the Alaska House on Monday when the House gavels in at 11 am. It started out last year as a bill sponsored by Sen. Lyman Hoffman to bring more broadband to rural Alaska districts through a […] The post Omnibus education funding bill set for House floor debate, amendments, vote on Monday appeared first on Must Read Alaska ..read more
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Dunleavy meets with Yukon premier, talks roads, while Ottawa says no more new roads in Canada
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by Suzanne Downing
3d ago
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy met with Yukon Premier Ranj Pillai in Whitehorse, Yukon last week; the two leaders inked an agreement to work on a memorandum of understanding on the Alaska Highway, which is badly gutted with frost heaves throughout its section from Whitehorse to the U.S. border near Tok. The frost heaves between Burwash […] The post Dunleavy meets with Yukon premier, talks roads, while Ottawa says no more new roads in Canada appeared first on Must Read Alaska ..read more
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Psychedelic task force intent is to ‘prepare Alaska’ for legalization of ‘molly’ for mental health
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by Suzanne Downing
4d ago
The sponsor of a bill to create a task force to regulate psychedelics in mental health told the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on Friday the task force will cost nothing. Senate Bill 166’s goal, however, is the same: Prepare Alaska for use of psychedelics in treating some mental illnesses like post traumatic stress disorder. […] The post Psychedelic task force intent is to ‘prepare Alaska’ for legalization of ‘molly’ for mental health appeared first on Must Read Alaska ..read more
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House passes bill that would stop Biden from his war on American LNG exports
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by Suzanne Downing
4d ago
The U.S. House passed legislation on Thursday that would limit President Joe Biden’s ability to stop liquefied natural gas export permits. The bill, H.R. 7176, passed 224-200. Nine Democrats, including Alaska Rep. Mary Peltola, joined all Republicans in approving “Unlocking our Domestic LNG Potential Act, whose key sponsor is Texas Republican Rep. August Pfluger. The […] The post House passes bill that would stop Biden from his war on American LNG exports appeared first on Must Read Alaska ..read more
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Biden Administration botches Alaska highway plan so badly, it’s now sending officials north to fix it
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by Suzanne Downing
5d ago
The Biden Administration rejected Alaska’s plan for road construction for the coming years and sent it back to the Department of Transportation, in what appears to be an attempt to hit at Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Alaska itself during an election year in which Biden already has a slim chance of winning the 49th state. […] The post Biden Administration botches Alaska highway plan so badly, it’s now sending officials north to fix it appeared first on Must Read Alaska ..read more
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Ice floe or health care? Peltola votes against a bill that calls for end of government’s eugenics formula
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by Suzanne Downing
5d ago
The U.S. House passed H.R. 485, the Protecting Care for All Patients Act,  which would prohibit federal health programs from using discriminatory measures known as Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs.) The bill passed by a vote of 211 to 208, with Democrats voting against it. QALYs let the federal government reduce or end care for people with […] The post Ice floe or health care? Peltola votes against a bill that calls for end of government’s eugenics formula appeared first on Must Read Alaska ..read more
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Rob Yundt files for Senate, Wasilla Seat N
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by Suzanne Downing
6d ago
Rob Yundt, a Republican who serves on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly, has filed for Senate Seat N, which is now occupied by Sen. David Wilson. The Wasilla seat will be on the August primary ballot and the November general election ballot. A third-generation Alaskan and a homebuilder, Yundt has been active in state politics for […] The post Rob Yundt files for Senate, Wasilla Seat N appeared first on Must Read Alaska ..read more
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