With friends like that…President Donald Trump isn’t going to just let go of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s no vote on Tuesday’s health care plan. Early Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to express displeasure with Murkowski’s vote. By that afternoon, each of Alaska’s two Republican senators had received a phone call from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke letting them know the vote had put Alaska’s future with the administration in jeopardy.
Uncertainty is the enemy. AEDC reports Anchorage saw a total of 3,000 jobs lost in 2016 and 1,600 so far this year. They’re projecting 2,100 total jobs lost in 2017 and 700 more in 2018. “Unfortunately, due to the lack of a solution to the state’s fiscal crisis being developed by the legislature and the governor, we are now projecting a third year of recession in 2018,” said Bill Popp, president and CEO of AEDC. He estimates by the end of the year, Anchorage will have experienced a 3 percent job loss over two years, compared to a 15 percent job loss in the 1980s.
All in a day’s work. Lawmakers plan to spend as little as one day in Juneau, as they meet for their third special session this year. The Legislature is scheduled to gavel in at 11 a.m. A conference committee plans to meet on the capital budget early in the afternoon. And both the Senate and House could pass it later in the day. Associated General Contractors of Alaska Executive Director John MacKinnon said it’s important for the Legislature to act. “All in all, I’m very pleased we’re going to get a capital budget,” he said.
On the road again. There are four different options to relocate a 15-mile stretch of the Sterling Highway in order to avoid Cooper Landing including the Juneau Creek Alternative, which Governor Bill Walker and the Alaska congressional delegation prefer, and the G-South Alternative, which is the federal government’s choice route. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)
Trump administration threatens retribution against Alaska over Murkowski health votes
Alaska Dispatch News, Erica Martinson, July 26, 2017
AEDC projects another year of recession based on uncertainty from Juneau
KTVA, Daniella Rivera, July 26, 2017
Breaking down the AEDC 3-Year Economic Outlook report
KTUU, Beth Verge and Sydney Sullivan, July 26, 2017
UPDATE: Murkowski reacts to Trump saying she ‘let the country down’
KTUU, KTUU Staff & Associated Press, July 26, 2017
Lawmakers agree on capital budget funding for oil and gas tax credits, Kivalina school
KTOO, Andrew Kitchenman, July 26, 2017
Walker, congressional delegation advocate for northern Cooper Landing bypass route
Peninsula Clarion, Kat Sorenson, July 25, 2017