In the normal course of a legislative session that would probably spell the end of SB 12, but this session is anything but.
Articles by Matt Buxton
The House initially seemed on-board with the Senate’s spending proposal. That wasn’t to last.
Juneau’s newest marijuana grower and dispensary opens up Saturday in a building that should be all too familiar to watchers of the 2010 elections.
Walker set up a similar kind of incident command structure in response to the opioid epidemic earlier this year.
There’s still no major announcement—or even minor actions—suggesting the House and Senate majorities are closer to resolution. Work like today’s at least makes sure things are ready to go if and when that does happen.
The administration hoped to stick to the numbers of the oil and gas tax credit bill, but the House Finance Committee was at peak political sniping.
The Senate Majority’s openness to the compromise isn’t entirely surprising, but it gets to act like the reasonable party amid legislative gridlock.
Two-thirds of the way through the special session, Gov. Bill Walker is asking the Legislature to please, just do something to reach a budget compromise and avert the July 1 government shutdown. Today, Walker kept pressing the sales pitch for his compromise.
Its not as much about trusting what legislators say as it is about the Legislature’s ability to make meaningful progress on Alaska’s fiscal crisis.
Walker knew his proposal to break the Alaska Legislature’s gridlock over the fiscal crisis–which picked from the Senate and House stances–wouldn’t be popular.