economy

Alaska

Alaska Senate advances public-sector pension plan to address recruitment and retention crisis | #alaska | #politics

Sitka Republican Sen. Bert Stedman, long a skeptic of reimplementing a public-sector pension, raised concerns that the pension plan was not cost neutral in Juneau on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024. (Sean Maguire / ADN) JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate on Wednesday advanced legislation to the House that would reestablish a public-sector pension in an effort […]

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California

Tesla’s Q1 revenue falls 9% amid mass layoffs in California, Texas

Officials for automaker Tesla said its all electric Class 8 Semi truck could see mass production by 2026. (Photo: FreightWaves) Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company will accelerate the launch of less expensive EV models after its profits and revenue under performed for the third consecutive quarter. “The EV adoption rate globally is under […]

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Alaska

Peltola far outpaces Republican challengers in Alaska’s US House campaign fundraising | #alaska | #politics

U.S. House candidates Nick Begich, Mary Peltola and Nancy Dahlstrom. (ADN and AP photos) Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola raised $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2024, far outpacing her two Republican opponents in fundraising as they vie for Alaska’s lone U.S. House seat. Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom raised just over $262,000, while […]

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California

The Express Way with Dulé Hill | California | Episode 1

[Distant dog barking] [Shoes tapping] ♪ Dulé Hill: California… Man: ♪ Dare ♪ [Tapping continues] ♪ To do what you want to do… ♪ Hill: a place where people come to expand themselves… Man: ♪ Do what you want to do, do, do… ♪ Hill: reach further, reach higher… Man: ♪ Dare ♪ Hill: and […]

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California

California may soon put an end to line-skipping service at airports

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers are considering a law to stop a line-skipping service at airport screenings.  A company called CLEAR offers a paid service that costs about $200 a year and allows airline travelers to skip ahead of long security lines, saving precious time. For frequent flyer Connie Harris, the expedited security service is a […]

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California

What’s being done to save California salmon as populations continue to decline

SACRAMENTO – From the Sacramento River to the coast, salmon populations have struggled to survive, and fishing for salmon in California has been canceled for the second season in a row, marking the third season in the state’s history a fishing ban has been in place. The heart of the problem: dams and climate change.  […]

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California

California may ban Clear from its airports with new bill – Deseret News

A new proposed bill could ban the security screening company Clear from operating at California airports. The bill, SB1372, would require Clear and other third-party vendors to “get their own dedicated security lane, separate from the one used by general travelers,” per USA Today. It would “apply to new agreements between public airports and third-party […]

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California

CA hospitals sue Anthem insurance, allege treatment delays- CalMatters

In summary California hospitals say slow insurance approvals delay care and block beds that could be used for new patients. They estimate they spend more $3 billion a year on unneeded hospitalization because of insurance delays. Medical insurance delays can keep someone in a hospital bed much longer than they need to be waiting for […]

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California

California Legislature: Crunch time for bills

Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez addresses other lawmakers during a floor session at the state Capitol in Sacramento on April 4, 2024. Photo by Fred Greaves for CalMatters One of the 2024 session’s big deadlines is staring California legislators in the face this week: By Friday, bills that cost money must pass their first policy committee to […]

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California

Will less homework stress make them happier?- CalMatters

In summary A bill from a member of the Legislature’s happiness committee would require schools to come up with homework policies that consider the mental and physical strain on students. Some bills before California’s Legislature don’t come from passionate policy advocates, or from powerful interest groups.   Sometimes, the inspiration comes from a family car ride.  […]

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