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Parnell: No plans at this time for gas tax bill
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell says he's not planning to introduce gas-tax legislation at this time.
Parnell, in his 2012 State of the State address, set out benchmarks for progress on a major gas pipeline project. He said if those were met, the 2013 Legislature could take up gas tax legislation designed to advance the project.
They were met, and in his 2013 speech, he laid out new benchmarks, all but one of which was met. Parnell said he was under no obligation to pursue gas tax legislation this year, given the missed benchmark.
On Tuesday, he said he would propose legislation for the upcoming session if he saw "demonstrable progress" on a line.
He says it's a question of timing and what's required to maintain Alaska's interest in a project.
Parnell wants reduced spending in next budget
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell says he'd like to see state spending well below current levels for the upcoming fiscal year.
Parnell is expected to release his budget proposal next week.
He says revenues are expected to be lower because of lower oil prices and declining production. The Legislature earlier this year passed an oil tax cut aimed at spurring more production. Critics said the cut could put the state treasury at risk but Parnell says the revenue coming in under the new tax will be comparable to that of the old system at current prices.
He says he wants to address one of the biggest drivers of the budget: the nearly $12-billion unfunded pension liability. He also wants a capital budget focused on maintaining state infrastructure and finishing projects already started.
COAST GUARD ASSAULT
Ketchikan man charged with assaulting officer
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 55-year-old Ketchikan resident has been charged with assaulting a federal officer.
The U.S Attorney's Office says John William Munhoven is charged with kicking a Coast Guard officer in the face.
He was arrested Saturday and arraigned Monday in Juneau.
Assistant U.S Attorney Jack S. Schmidt says the Coast Guard contacted Munhoven on Sept. 2 while responding to a disturbance on a private boat outside of Ketchikan.
Munhoven was placed on a patrol vessel and eventually into restraints.
Prosecutors say that as the patrol boat began to tow the private boat, Munhoven became aggressive and kicked the officer, causing an injury.
Munhoven is in custody at Lemon Creek Correctional Facility in Juneau.
COOK INLET SOCKEYES
Forecast calls for strong Cook Inlet sockeye run
(Information in the following story is from: (Anchorage) Alaska Journal of Commerce, HYPERLINK http://www.alaskajournal.comhttp://www.alaskajournal.com)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska state fishery managers are predicting a strong sockeye salmon run in Upper Cook Inlet next year.
The Alaska Journal of Commerce says the 2014 forecast by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game expects 6.1 million sockeyes, or red salmon.
The forecast, released last month, also included a predicted range of between 4.4 million to 7.8 million sockeyes.
At the 6.1 million level, Fish and Game calls for a total harvest of 4.3 million sockeyes and an escapement of 1.8 million fish to all rivers, mainly the Kenai River.
Upper Cook Inlet sockeye are caught in personal use, sport, subsistence and commercial fisheries.
About 2.6 million sockeyes were caught in regional commercial fisheries this year. About 3.4 million fish was the average harvest between 2003 and 2012.
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