See y’all on Saturday.
The PFD, the roadshow, the budget and ethics. Here’s what happened on Day 72.
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.
Average Alaskans support his budget, Dunleavy says.
Legislators said the administration couldn’t justify the propose changes.
Legislators also reviewed a proposal to end funding for medical education and the House continued to plug away with its budget.
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.
It’s been another break-neck week as the Legislature continues to plow through its work on the budget and churn through bills while Gov. Michael J….