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Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - June 8, 2015, Fairbanks, AlaskaOne Dollar monday june 8, 2015 s1ninside today estimates for the legislature s special session reach at least $430,000.�a2 the weather. Partly sunny in the morning with showers All Day. High today.65 Low tonight.43 Sunrise 3 14 . Sunset 12 28 . Weather a All Wainwright unveils new housing decade of site clean up f finally ends by left Richardson Rich res it it a the Tanana trails development held its grand opening on saturday capping a decade Long drama at the fort Wainwright housing Community. The development includes 110 housing units consisting of 14 three bedroom Homes 94 four bedroom Homes and two five bedroom Homes. Fort Wainwright offered walk through presentations and snacks to curious families touting its a exceptional landscaping playgrounds and recreation it also has a convoluted history dating Back to the Days when it was known As Taku gardens. Toxic waste discovered at the $55 million development site in 2005, when contractors breaking ground to do foundation work reported a chemical odor in the soil. Clean up work at the site ultimately included digging up nearly 8 acres to Depths of As much As 18 feet to remove More than 3,300 cubic Yards of soil contaminated with pcs. Workers also hauled away More than 300 tons of scrap Metal including training munitions inert bombs and other Militan weaponry. Housing a it a3 Christina Eller left and Ashley Stineman walk around the new Tanana Frails housing Community on fort Wainwright during the open House on saturday Erin Corneliussen news mine a Trail Blazer Ester expert Geoff Orth works to preserve Access nature paths. Interior Page a6 winners eclipse 01 girls take Home top spot at Alaska airlines cup. Sports Page b1 run Lulu run see the photos from sundays 5 and 10-Kilometer race. Sports Page b1 shield your skin prevent Melanoma by protecting yourself from the Sun. Health Page b6 sourdough Jack Quot very few things in this world come easy conference confirms no easy answer for budget by Matt Buxton m by Etc n int ism 1 with 30 ways to raise new Revenue a including income taxes a variety of taxes on the Oil Industry and five lottery or gambling pitches a groups attending gov. Bill Walker s budget conference saw first hand just How difficult it will be to close the states budget Gap. More than 150 participants spent the last Day of a three Day a building a sustainable future conference at the University of Alaska Fairbanks reviewing discussing and debating just How to pay for state government. The entire three Day conference including the saturdays prioritization of state services was solely an exercise aimed at engaging alaskans about what sen ices they want and How they w ant to pay for them. Last years downturn in Oil prices and continued decline in production a neither of which is expected to recover in a Way that would balance the states budget anytime soon a have put the states financial future into question. The previous Days exercises showed How difficult it will be for the state to Cut its Way to a balanced budget building the Case for new revenues to replace vanishing Oil Revenue. On sunday the conference participants were broken into seven groups each with an interactive Model of the states budget with inputs for each of the 30 Revenue options and the groups spent the morning coming up with combinations in an attempt to close the Gap Between spending and income. Most groups tended to build new Revenue through an income tax which one participant called a a no brainer Quot and utilizing some of the. Permanent fund earnings for state operations either capping the dividend or splitting it with government. Some groups had More Success than others. A few closed the budget gaps but More reach enough agreement to close the Gap. Obama administration ceases prep for immigration program by Jerry Markon t1ie Wasilij Noti n Post a series of Legal setbacks have halted the governments intensive preparations to move Forward with president Barack Obama a executive actions shielding million1 of illegal immigrants from deportation even As Community organizations continue a rapid push to get ready for the programs according to . Officials and immigrant advocacy groups. Since a Federal judge first blocked the new programs in february the department of Homeland Security has suspended plans to hire up to 3,100 new employees most of Effiom would be housed in an 11-Story building the government has leased for $7.8 million a year in Arlington Virginia. That building in the Crystal City area is now sitting mostly unused d1is employees say. Yet inside and outside the Beltway Community groups Are mobilizing educating immigrants and training volunteers to help them apply f or Relief even though it remains unclear whether the program will Ever begin. Most recently a foundation headed by billionaire George Soros undaunted by the court rulings pledged at least $8 million to that Effort. A were full Speed ahead a said Josh Hoyt executive director of the Chicago based National partnership for new americans a coalition of pro immigrant groups that have held More than 700 information sessions on the new programs and trained More than 2,000 volunteers to Aid immigrants in applying for them. Obama announced in november that up to 5 million illegal immigrants would be eligible to be shielded from deportation a including undocumented parents of . Citizens and Legal permanent residents a As Long As they meet certain criteria. One of the signature initiatives of his presidency the plan also expands a 2012 program that has deferred the deportations of More than 600,000 immigrants brought to the United states illegally As children and granted most of them work permits. But after Texas and 25 other states sued the administration calling the moves unconstitutional a Federal judge in Texas in february put them on hold until the Case is resolved. A Federal appeals court recently upheld that injunction with Legal observers now saying the court fight could last until late in Obama a term. The 2012 program remains unaffected. The Legal Battle highlights the explosive nature of the immigration debate which has emerged As an Early Issue in the 2016 presidential race even As immigration legislation remains stalled in Congress. The Fate of Obama a executive action benefiting immigrant parents known As deferred action for parents of americans and lawful permanent residents or Dapa will resonate into the next administration. Most Republican presidential candidates have pledged to overturn Obama a immigration actions while leading immigration a a3 inside classifieds comics �b5 dear abby�84 j health�b6 Interior a a6 opinion �a8 sports�b1 5vv�s1h<.28�. A. Mos up m is Doug Larsen Speaks during a Small group session discussing possible w ays to close alaskans fiscal Gap during the budget conference in the University of Alaska Fairbanks Gruening building on sunday. Erin coknei.1ussen news Miner a for some groups it was a heated argument w Hether or not to even see How changes to taxing the Oil Industry would affect the budget. One groups experience was summed up by Anchorage resident Liz Medicine Crow who had facilitated the prior Days review of general government Agency spending in reports Back to the full group. She said they were Able to Bridge the Gap by capping the permanent fund dividend raising the minimum tax on Oil to 10 percent raising mining taxes to 5 percent implementing an income tax a 2-percent sales tax a state lottery a tax on natural Gas reserves and a handful of others. She was Clear the group did no to budget �a7 participants listen during the summary and closing of the budget conference at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Wood Center on sunday. Erin Corne Jussen news Miner

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