Gas prices falling
Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.57 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices yesterday were 13.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 5.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 9.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 12 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
Governor lowers Alaskans’ payroll taxes
With the belief that state government should do all it can to minimize Alaskans’ tax burden, Governor Sean Parnell signed his legislation to allow Alaskans to keep more of their paychecks. House Bill 76 gives the Department of Labor commissioner the discretion to stop automatic payroll tax increases when the Unemployment Insurance Fund is deemed solvent.
“Alaska’s small businesses and workers will not be paying more each year in payroll taxes when the UI Fund is solvent, and that’s good for our economy. I appreciate legislators for standing with me as we work to lower Alaskans’ taxes and create opportunity across the state,” said Gov. Parnell.
As of June 15, the Alaska Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund had a balance of $294 million.
Murkowski to get Supreme Court hearing
In what is being called “a major constitutional test of executive power,” the United States Supreme Court today agreed to hear arguments on President Barack Obama’s controversial recess appointments, an act requested last month by Senator Lisa Murkowski and her Republican Senate colleagues.
By appointing four different government officials to positions when the Senate was not in recess, the DC Court of Appeals ruled this practice “would demolish the checks and balances inherent in the advise-and-consent requirement.”
“I am glad the Supreme Court is taking up this issue, which is not about ideology or politics or the merit of any person’s worthiness for an appointment – this is strictly about the separation of powers and the United States Senate’s core advise and consent function,” said Murkowski. “The President’s actions have been judged unconstitutional by the DC Circuit and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, and I believe a judgment by the Supreme Court would remove all doubt and avoid future attempts at such unilateral and unconstitutional recess appointment attempts by the White House.”
Elder abuse and exploitation
Millions of older Americans are living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, roughly seven percent of complaints on long-term care residences involve abuse, neglect or exploitation.
Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington offers insight on identifying warning signs of elder abuse and selecting care facilities.
Indicators of exploitation can be financial, physical or emotional, including: unusual cash withdrawals, investments or high-dollar purchases; adjusted wills, trusts or powers of attorney; poor skin condition, rashes, lice, infections, dehydration, malnutrition, drastic weight loss or unexplained injuries; or socially-withdrawn or non-communicative behavior.
Vet plans to make ‘horse’ calls
Veterinarian Julie Ghrose is planning a trip to Homer and will bring her portable x-ray machine along. If you have a horse you would like her to check out, please call Dawn at (907) 688-9303 to set up an appointment and find out the particulars.
Knitty Stash finalist in national contest
Alaskan Yarn Company, DBA Knitty Stash, is one of three finalists in the National Needlearts Association Innovative Business Award contest.
Finalists will have their innovative ideas presented at the TNNA trade show in Columbus, Ohio, on June 22. A winner will be announced at that time.
Alaskan Yarn Company’s innovation is the custom hand painting for other local yarn stores and wholesaling the Alaska color way to stores around the country.
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