Speaking in Bethel at a Rasmuson Foundation sponsored community gathering on the stateâ€™s fiscal crisis Lt. Governor Byron Mallott made it clear Governor Bill Walker has no intention of letting state legislators adjourn session and leave town without finding a comprehensive solution to the $4 Billion state budget shortfall.
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is taking strong objection to work being done in Juneau by state legislators. In the wake of several proposals by lawmakers to cut the state budget including shifting public employee retirement costs to local governments and ending municipal revenue sharing the normally affable Mayor has appeared on several tv and radio outlets to offer harsh criticism of their work.
Here is a release from the Alaska Republican Party saying they are giving the delegates Marco Rubio won in their Presidential Preference Poll to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz because Rubio has “dropped out” of the race. But did he? The Midnight Sun’s understanding is that Rubio suspended rather than ended his campaign.
To help boil things down, here are two short floor speech clips that pretty well encapsulate the budget positions of the State Senate Majority and Minority. Don’t worry, they are short and largely free of numbers and acronyms. They don’t and aren’t intended to give you the depth of detail of the budget, but rather the values each side is basing their positions upon.
After re-watching all of the Legislative Council meetings since December in an attempt to fully understand the situation, one thing stands out: Legislative Affairs Agency (LAA) Executive Director Pam Varni is the problem.
A group funded by the Rasmuson Foundation called P4A – CopyPlan4Alaska today unveiled a state budget modeling tool to help citizens understand the massive deficit the state faces.
I know this is going to sound like heresy given the times we Alaskans find ourselves, but there is a real public good argument to be made that its time the state of Alaska ran the presidential primaries.
Alaska Republicans will elect a new party chairman at their convention in Fairbanks, April 28-30. In the last two days two people have announced their candidacy to replace outgoing Chairman Peter Goldberg, who recently announced he would not be seeking re-election.
The Alaska Democratic Party (ADP) is very aware of this very human tendency. Their move this week to sue the state so they can change their party rules and let those who arenâ€™t registered members of their party run on their primary ballot is a blatant attempt to use this fact to manipulate the system and make their candidates more electable.
The Alaska Democratic Party today announced the three names they are giving Gov. Bill Walker to replace former Rep. Max Gruenberg. Governor Walker will have 30 days from the date of the vacancy to make his appointment. He does not have to choose one of the three candidates nominated by the Democratic Party. His choice will have to be approved by the House Democrats.