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S & P Downgrade Roundup

Standard and Poor’s has dropped Alaska’s credit rating from AAA to AA+.

Here is roundup of the statements about the downgrade from elected officials, business groups, and other pertinent entities.




Governor Walker To Play Better With Legislature

As the start of the next legislative session nears Jan. 19, the governor said he has made plans this year to meet with the leaders of the House and Senate Finance and Resources committees every two weeks, “because just about everything goes through Resources or Finance,” as a way to improve communication between executive and legislative branches, he said.


A Tale of Two State Budget Presentations

I’ve been curious how average Alaskans, consumed by their daily lives and seemingly uninterested in policy minutiae, were digesting all of this budget talk. Since no broad-based statewide polling has yet been made public, I thought I would attend two very different budget presentations for audiences of opposing political views to see just how those audiences were taking it in.