The first year of reporting stands as an invaluable look at the problems facing public safety in Alaska.
When Gov. Mike Dunleavy rolled out his surprisingly light-on-cuts budget last week, he conceded that despite all the frenzy over red pens he cannot, in fact, cut everything by veto.
He could only spare about 10 minutes for Alaska to explain his budget but spoke for 35 minutes in front of the national conservative audience.
History shows the Legislature will prefer the easiest (relatively speaking) route to solve the deficit.
Just as the governor is asking for Alaskans to come up with budget solutions, he’s also pushing amendments that would severely limit the state’s options.
The budget proposes to pay out a traditional PFD while making few cuts. The result is a $1.5 billion draw from the state’s last major savings account aside from the Permanent Fund.
The case is still likely headed to the Alaska Supreme Court.
The governor has backtracked on a $7.5 million veto, realizing his proposal would cut too deeply.
‘The great land is in the big squeeze.’
It’s going to get worse and this year’s budget and vetoes won’t help.