In Dunleavy’s view, there’s a choice only between extremes: Either Alaska continues on a path he claims will lead to financial ruin and taxes or everyone needs to sign on with his Americans for Prosperity-approved plan to throttle state spending and stifle taxes.
Turns out the Alaska Constitution always wins.
Legislators said the administration couldn’t justify the propose changes.
The governor refused to appointee one of the two nominees put forward by the Alaska Judicial Council to fill a vacancy in the Palmer Superior Court. Bolger replied with a constitutional lesson, noting the Alaska Constitution isn’t optional.
Many testifiers said the budget decisions can’t be boiled down to a choice between a PFD and the state services. Other changes like broad-based taxes, changes to oil taxes and reasonable cuts should be part of the discussion.
The Legislature continued with a packed schedule on Day 65. More stuff than we can keep track of happened, but here’s a few of the…
Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golovin, has offered to personally pay for the Nome meeting—as long as they remove all the requirements of attendees.
The events appear to be hosted not by the governor but by far-right group Americans for Prosperity’s Alaska branch, which has put a strict set of conditions for attendance to the “a private, policy focused events.”
It’s part of a larger fight over how the budget is put together, requiring legislators to go on the record if they want any parts of the Dunleavy budget to be considered.
More focus on Anchorage-centric projects like the Port of Alaska and the Ted Stevens International Airport, please.