The 64th day of the Alaska legislative session was another busy one. Everyone got a look at the unannounced sponsor of the governor’s upcoming road show, representatives went to work mending the budget and yet another controversial appointee is out.
But it was a subcommittee walkout that ruled the day.
Repealing the program that stations pollution monitors on cruise ships would show Alaska is open for business. The only problem is that cruise lines are already booming.
There was record tun out to oppose the elimination of the marine highway.
The Senate had rejected the provision on the first pass, but supported it thanks to reworked language (and an unavoidable deadline).
The 50th day of the Alaska Legislature is in the books. Finance subcommittees continued the grind, we heard more from the public on the PFD…
The bill is tailored to address multiple issues raised in the no-jail sentence of Justin Schneider for a shocking 2017 kidnapping and sexual assault on a woman.
The Dunleavy administration has only really had to defend the budget in limited interviews with select outlets and in meetings with legislators. These face-to-face meetings with voters will really put it to the test.
Senators said they’d rather get it right than do it fast. They also acknowledged that Alaska’s crime problems aren’t entirely SB 91’s fault.
The nonpartisan budget director says Dunleavy’s budget would likely mean higher taxes for many Alaskans, doesn’t have proper justification, isn’t that predictable and doesn’t really protect all of Alaska’s reserves.