Whatever happens, Alaska is looking at fiscal pain over the horizon. Just how much and how soon should become clearer Thursday at noon, when Gov. Parnell unveils his fifth proposed budget -- covering the 2015 fiscal year starting in July.
The supporters of the oil tax cut who are now saying that there's no need to worry and that SB 21 wasn’t really a tax cut at all didn’t say anything of the kind back in the ancient past -- March and April 2013.Dermot Cole
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell currently makes $145,000 a year, with the commission saying he should instead get $150,872 starting July 1, 2014. Other members of the State of Alaska's executive branch could also see bumps in pay.Pat Forgey
When can Alaska expect an end to oil production declines from the North Slope after cutting taxes on producers? If the state's own revenue projections are an accurate guide, not for the next 10 years.Pat Forgey
The high school exit exam, which has been required in Alaska for a decade, is under attack as an outdated assessment that duplicates other tests and doesn't match new standards for education. A legislative vote on repeal may be the final test.Dermot Cole
The city of Anchorage is asking for some big-ticket items from the Alaska Legislature in 2014 -- including $250 million for the beleaguered Port of Anchorage expansion -- but is also keeping expectations low.Sean Doogan