Less money for schools. Less money for the university. Less money for social safety net programs like Medicaid. More money for prisons. More money for dividends.
The $30 tax would be levied on every Alaska worker—regardless of residency—and raise an estimated $13 million per year for school construction and maintenance.
The House broke the 22-day record for longest time without a permanent speaker, the efforts for a large bipartisan majority seem to have fallen apart and everyone took one last pre-budget swipe at the budget.
Privatizing, plugging leaks and political payback.
Johnson said constitutional amendments should go to a vote of the people, which is how the process already works.
Instead of ensuring the changes would lower the crime rate, legislators worked on justifying the costs.
The plan would reduce future dividends and increase the risk the account could be zeroed out.
Another day without progress.
The impasse in the House sets a record.
Alaska’s truly unique when it comes to its constitutional ownership of natural resources and it’s created a critical floor for the state’s finances.