FYI – News briefs & announcements – July 23

Gas prices fall

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.

Bill signed allowing VPSOs to carry firearms

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.

Unemployment rate remains steady

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.

Gov. signs crime bill

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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3 Responses for “FYI – News briefs & announcements – July 23”

  1. gas prices says:

    Remember the days when gas was $1 a gallon, you could drive anywhere in Alaska, explore the road less traveled, take the long road home and never worry about how much it cost at all?

    Then came the Koch brothers. (google “How Koch Became an oil Speculation Powerhouse”) The Koch brothers lobbied congress to deregulate so that they could begin to make excess profits gaming the market that they control.

    Republicans love their money, love to talk about democracy…but allow the Koch brothers to buy off the government, rip everyone off on energy prices, then use their ill gotten gains to install politicians that will give them more of what they want, and what they want is the rest of your money. They want ALL of it.

    This is not natural inflation we are experiencing. Koch brothers drove the cost of gas through the roof for their own benefit…. The cost of everything is affected by the cost of gas. At the same time Goldman Sachs lobbied the government to start the GSCI (Goldman Sachs Commodity Index) where big banks could start gaming the market on all of our other commodites.

    Republicans need to demand these regulations are put back on the Koch brothers and Goldman Sachs gambling efforts which are driving the rest of us into poverty.

    Stop repeating everything you hear on right wing radio like our Republican senatorial candidates and start thinking for yourself. Start looking into these issues. Republican talking heads are being paid by the Koch brothers to blame America’s problems on Obama/Democrats and divert attention from the fact that the current Republican party is working for Big Corporations who are paying very little in taxes(look at the real facts!) and who are allowing their CEO pay over their worker pay to get so out of control their employees are using government money to eat and live via food stamps and housing vouchers which they stash trillions in the Cayman Islands.

    Democrats are too weak, we need Republicans to stand up to their own party. We need Republicans to remember back to Eisenhower. who had tax rates high to allow the wealthy to pay down their own debt from the war rather than leave it for future generations.

    Where are the noble Republicans? How dare you start two wars, give two tax cuts….then blame it all on Obama and poor people because the debt is not being paid down fast enough. How willfully ignorant can people be? How selfish and hypocritical can people be and still look at themselves in the mirror? How can people who believe so strongly in God, not see that their judgement day will be coming? God is not fooled by propaganda and he cannot be paid off.

    Bring Back Eisenhower!!

  2. Enstar says:

    Get ready for natural gas price hikes

    On July 1 Enstar ratepayers across Southcentral Alaska saw their rates shoot up by over 48 percent. But what is almost as troubling as the rate hike itself is the manner in which the Regulatory Commission of Alaska rubber-stamped Enstar’s requested increase without even giving ratepayers a chance to comment.

  3. Enstar says:

    Get ready for a 48% rate hike from Enstar, and don’t bother complaining about it.

    see the ADN “RCA gave Enstar a pass, gave public no say in rate hike”

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