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09-13-19 8:30 AM newscast


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More than 3,000 Fairbanks-area residents signed petitions Thursday calling for a recall election against Governor Mike Dunleavy. Fairbanks members of an organization that’s running the recall effort say they gathered those signatures over three hours in an event at Pioneer Park on the first day of a statewide petition drive launched in response to Dunleavy’s severe budget cuts and other actions.


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The Fairbanks City Council has finally declared its support for overriding Governor Mike Dunleavy's budget-cutting vetoes. The council and Mayor Jim Matherly had been under mounting public pressure to take a stand on the issue since Dunleavy announced his vetoes on June 28. They heard more pleas Monday from members of the public and two candidates running to replace Matherly.


Artists Stage Intervention, "Die-In"

Jul 9, 2019
Robyne

Alaska artists are staging a week of protest events around the state. Today (Wednesday) a coalition of artists are draping works in downtown Fairbanks in black funeral cloth. They say they are grieving the loss of state funding for the Alaska State Council on the Arts. On Tuesday (Yesterday) the group draped large works at the west end of Fairbanks. 


The Fairbanks City Council soundly rejected an ordinance Monday that would’ve asked voters this fall to approve easing the city’s restrictions on property-tax hikes. All six council members and Mayor Jim Matherly supported the measure when it was introduced two weeks ago, as a means of raising revenues to offset a dropoff in state funding. But their consensus fell apart after two members withdrew their support.


Five Minutes to Better Understand Vetos

Jul 8, 2019

10 days ago Governor Mike Dunleavy issued 168 vetos to items in the state’s operating budget, and 14 more to Mental Health appropriations. Since that time, the news media has reported a lot of information about which parts of the state government are affected, and how grants and private contracts will be cut. It can be pretty confusing if you aren’t familiar with government documents and the state’s website. 

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State House Speaker Bryce Edgmon joined five Fairbanks-area legislators and University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen Wednesday for a news conference focused on overriding the governor's deep cuts to the university system and other state programs. The lawmakers and Johnsen then spoke to about 700 people at a town hall in Fairbanks, almost all of whom urged them to override.


The Fairbanks City Council unanimously defeated Mayor Jim Matherly’s proposal Monday to increase the city’s hotel/motel tax to raise additional revenue for city services. The mayor says the city needs additional revenue as demand for services grows and state funding shrinks.


Alaska Flour Co.

Alaskan farmers say the state gets a big bang for the small buck the state provides to agriculture. That’s why they say big cuts like those proposed by Governor Mike Dunleavy would inflict serious, long-term harm to the industry.


Property Tax Exemptions Asked by Mayor

Mar 28, 2019

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Bryce Ward says his email in-box filled up yesterday after local media reported on a resolution to change the way seniors and disabled veterans pay property taxes. The measure is on tonight’s borough assembly agenda.


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