Average retail gasoline prices in Alaska have fallen 4.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.11/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 398 gas outlets in Alaska. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.57/g.
Including the change in gas prices in Alaska during the past week, prices Sunday were 7.0 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago, and 1.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 10.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 10.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
In a move to make rural Alaskans safer, Gov. Sean Parnell signed House Bill 199 into law, ensuring village public safety officers are able to carry a firearm. HB 199 was sponsored by Rep. Bryce Edgmon, and specifically prevents the Department of Public Safety from adopting regulations that prohibit VPSOs — who otherwise meet minimum standards and training — from carrying firearms.
Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in June, essentially unchanged from May’s revised rate of 6.3 percent. The comparable national rate was 6.1 percent.
Alaska’s rate returned to pre-recession levels relatively quickly, while the U.S. rate has had a slower recovery and continues to decline. Since January 2013, Alaska’s adjusted rate has hovered between 6.3 and 6.7 percent.
Alaska’s not-seasonally adjusted rate was 6.8 percent in June, up from 6.0 percent in May. A seasonal uptick in June’s unadjusted rate is normal as students and other summer workers look for jobs.
Despite the increase in the statewide rate, jobless rates in Alaska’s highly seasonal areas fell. The Municipality of Skagway had the lowest unadjusted rate at 1.4 percent.
To reduce recidivism, lower the cost of corrections, and maintain public safety for Alaskans, Governor Sean Parnell today signed Senate Bill 64, Omnibus Crime and Corrections legislation. The legislation, sponsored by Senator John Coghill, would implement proven practices, such as a 24/7 Sobriety Program, and establish the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission.
Another bill the governor signed to improve Alaskans’ public safety included:
• Senate Bill 128 criminalizes cyberbullying of minors by expanding the definition of criminal harassment in the second degree to include: insults, taunts, challenges, or intimidation of a person under 18 years of age sent via electronic communications that puts the minor in reasonable fear of physical harm.
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