Articles & Op-eds

02.05.23

OPINION: Murkowski leads the way on investment in outdoor recreation

by Haley Johnston

As recent ADN articles have highlighted, Alaska and Anchorage are experiencing workforce shortages and outmigration. Access to outdoor recreation is our state's greatest competitive advantage and a huge factor in retaining and recruiting a skilled workforce to live and work in our state. Investing in the infrastructure that makes outdoor recreation accessible to all Alaskans while simultaneously helping to bolster our visitor industry has never been more important. Thankfully, outdoor recreatio… Continue Reading


02.01.23

117th Congress Featured Big Wins for YK Delta Region

by Lisa Murkowski

Earlier this month, the 117th Congress formally adjourned, marking the close of a remarkably productive legislative stretch for Alaska. The last Congress was one of the best for our state in recent memory, and the bipartisan bills we passed during it will produce lasting benefits for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Region. Most significant is the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which I played a lead role on. In just over a year, more than $3 billion from it has been announced for Alaska. Tho… Continue Reading


01.27.23

Feds inject nearly $300M into Alaska Marine Highway System for improvements

by Riley Rogerson

As the Alaska Marine Highway System turns 60, the federal government this week announced $285 million for improvements. The money is intended to modernize and replace vessels, upgrade docks and invest in long-term resilience. "This is great news for our infrastructure, but also for our state's economic future going forward," Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday in a media event with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. The ferry system serves 3,500-plus miles of Alaska's… Continue Reading


01.27.23

117th Congress featured big wins for Cordova

by Lisa Murkowski

Earlier this month, the 117th Congress formally adjourned, marking the close of a remarkably productive legislative stretch for Alaska. The last Congress was one of the best for our state in recent memory, and the bipartisan bills we advanced during it will produce lasting benefits for Cordova. Most significant is the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which I played a lead role on. In just over a year, roughly $3 billion from it has been announced for Alaska. Those dollars are helping us… Continue Reading


01.27.23

117th Congress featured big wins for Kodiak

Earlier this month, the 117th Congress formally adjourned, marking the close of a remarkably productive legislative stretch for Alaska. The last Congress was one of the best for our state in recent memory, and the bipartisan bills we passed during it will produce lasting benefits for Kodiak. Most significant is the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which I played a lead role on. In just over a year, roughly $3 billion from it has been announced for Alaska. Those dollars are helping us bui… Continue Reading


01.26.23

OPINION: 117th Congress featured big wins for Petersburg

by Lisa Murkowski

Earlier this month, the 117th Congress formally adjourned, marking the close of a remarkably productive legislative stretch for Alaska. The last Congress was one of the best for our state in recent memory, and the bipartisan bills we passed during it will produce lasting benefits for Petersburg and across Southeast. Most significant is the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which I played a lead role on. In just over a year, roughly $3 billion from it has already been announced for Alaska… Continue Reading


01.26.23

OPINION: 117th Congress featured big wins for Ketchikan

by Lisa Murkowski

Earlier this month, the 117th Congress formally adjourned, marking the close of a remarkably productive legislative stretch for Alaska. The last Congress was one of the best for our state in recent memory, and the bipartisan bills we passed during it will produce lasting benefits for Ketchikan. Most significant is the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which I played a lead role on. In just over a year, roughly $3 billion from it has been announced for Alaska. Those dollars are helping us… Continue Reading


01.26.23

OPINION: Juneau stands to benefit significantly from the 117th Congress

by Lisa Murkowski

Earlier this month, the 117th Congress adjourned, marking the close of a remarkably productive legislative stretch for Alaska. The last Congress was one of the best for our state in recent memory, and the bipartisan bills we passed during it will produce lasting benefits for Juneau and across Southeast. One of the most significant achievements is the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which I played a lead role on. In just over a year, roughly $3 billion from it has been announced for Ala… Continue Reading


01.25.23

OPINION: Anchorage got some big wins from the 117th Congress

by Lisa Murkowski

Earlier this month, the 117th Congress formally adjourned, marking the close of a remarkably productive legislative stretch for Alaska. The last Congress was one of the best for our state in recent memory, and the bipartisan bills we passed during it will produce lasting benefits for Alaska and the Anchorage area. Most significant is the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which I played a lead role on. In just over a year, roughly $3 billion from it has been announced for Alaska. Those do… Continue Reading


01.20.23

More than $13 million in federal funding earmarked for Bristol Bay

by Isabelle Ross

More than $13 million in congressionally directed funds will go toward projects in Chignik Lagoon, Dillingham, and Naknek. That's just a small part of the almost $500 million geared toward over 130 projects across Alaska, according to an announcement last month from Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Dillingham will receive $5 million to plan for shoreline protection near the city's sewage facility. At Dillingham's city council meeting earlier this month, City Manager Robert Mawson said the city worked wit… Continue Reading


01.09.23

Federal spending bill includes $3M for rural Alaska trooper housing and other facilities

by Riley Rogerson

WASHINGTON - The recently-passed federal spending bill includes $3 million in Alaska State Troopers facilities, seeking to address a shortage of housing for law enforcement officials in rural parts of the state. The funding, which was directed to the Alaska Department of Public Safety, is aimed at helping increase law enforcement capacity in rural Alaska. A Daily News and ProPublica investigation in 2019 found that one in three Alaska communities had no local police protection. A 2020 study fro… Continue Reading


01.07.23

Honoring Young

by Ketchikan Daily News

Approved by Congress in December, the Don Young Recognition Act that commemorates the late "Congressman for All Alaska" was signed into law Thursday by President Joe Biden. The legislation is an appropriate tribute for a man whose personality was almost as big as the state that he represented in Congress for 49 years before he died - while still in office - on March 18, 2022, at the age of 88. Introduced by Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, the Don Young Recognition Act renames an … Continue Reading


01.06.23

Murkowski begins new term as Alaska’s senior senator

by The Cordova Times

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was officially sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the start of the 118th Congress, to serve as senior senator for Alaska. Murkowski is now 15th in Senate seniority and sixth among Senate Republicans. She first took office on Dec. 20, 2002. The 118th Congress marks the start of Murkowski's fourth full term. During the 117th Congress, nearly two dozen of the bills she sponsored and cosponsored or their House companions, became law. Mur… Continue Reading


01.06.23

University of Alaska to gain 360K acres under federal spending bill

by Jack Barnwell

The University of Alaska will gain a large swath of new land thanks to a provision in the recently-passed $1.7 trillion omnibus bill. The clause, located on page 2,819 of the massive 4,100 page spending bill, will allocate 360,000 acres of land to the UA system within four years. The university system currently owns 150,700 acres of land, or 30% of what was promised via land conveyance before the Alaska was granted statehood. UA President Pat Pitney called the legislation a pivotal step forwa… Continue Reading


01.06.23

Federal spending bill directs $16 million to Juneau projects

by Katie Anastas

The omnibus spending bill passed by Congress late last year provides more than $16 million in funding for Juneau-based projects. The funding items include ongoing analysis of a second bridge to Douglas and a new youth services center. The city is getting $2.5 million to design and build a commercial-scale composting facility. City Manager Rorie Watt said that will help extend the life of the local landfill, which has about 20 years left at its current usage level. "It's in our interest that i… Continue Reading


12.30.22

Island Trail Network receives $1M for trash removal

by Caleb Oswell

The Island Trails Network of Kodiak will receive $1 million in funding for removal, recycling and recovery of debris and litter from the Alaska marine environment. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, secured $15 million in funding for Alaska oceans as part of the huge spending bill passed by Congress before the holiday break. The $15 million will also be used for several other programs.… Continue Reading


12.30.22

University of Alaska will gain land under new federal budget law

by James Brooks

An obscure clause in the just-passed $1.7 trillion federal omnibus budget law has awarded the University of Alaska a plot of land half the size of the state of Rhode Island. The clause begins on page 2,819 of the 4,126-page law and calls for the university to receive 360,000 acres of federal land within the next four years, fulfilling the amount owed to it because of its status as a land-grant school. The university earns between $7 million and $8 million per year in revenue from 151,000 acres… Continue Reading


12.29.22

‘Arctic pay’ among the perks Congress is sending to improve military assignments in Alaska

by Liz Ruskin

Members of the military stationed in Alaska are in line for some extra financial benefits in 2023. Bills that Congress passed this month include special "Arctic pay" for troops who are based in Alaska and perform critical work in cold weather. The change could add a few hundred dollars a month to a service member's paycheck. The special duty pay for service in cold weather is one of several incentives Congress approved to boost morale for Alaska troops. And, with more than 20,000 active duty s… Continue Reading


12.29.22

Murkowski brings home the bacon, including for Mat-Su

by Tim Bradner

Mat-Su communities fared well in the end-of-year bag of programs funded by Sen. Lisa Murkowski's designated projects in the federal omnibus budget bill. In total, Murkowski, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, steered $500 million to Alaska in special funding for 130 projects. The budget bill also approved 12 federal agency appropriation bills including for the Department of Defense, which is important for Alaska. The defense bill included a 4.6 percent pay raise for milit… Continue Reading


12.29.22

Private legislation signed by Biden ends legal limbo for former Alaska resident

by Yereth Rosen

A former Alaska resident once threatened with imminent deportation to Mexico because of a paperwork glitch involving her adoption as a newborn has now been granted permanent resident status and a path to citizenship. Rebecca Trimble is the subject of private legislation that was championed by the Alaska Congressional delegation and signed into law by President Biden on Tuesday. Private legislation, which applies to specific individuals, is rare. This was the first piece of private legislation … Continue Reading

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