Opponents said the proposed trainee program would have skirted the well-regulated apprenticeship program, creating a pathway to less-prepared workers with lower earning ability.
“There’s a good likelihood we will not have service in Southeast in March,” conceded Department of Transportation Commissioner John MacKinnon on Thursday.
The administration isn’t asking for additional money for a mobile DMV program because it says there’s been little interest from rural communities. Senators weren’t buying it. “Lives may be in danger because you are waiting for them to request services that they are unaware that they need,” said Sen. Lyman Hoffman.
Legislators warned the governor against deep cuts, calling them unrealistic “flim-flam” last year. Now Dunleavy’s asking for money to cover his error.
The administration said it’d like to engage the Legislature on new revenue. “In specific, perhaps we could talk about sales taxes.”
Murkowski said Trump’s actions were “shameful and wrong” but that voters should ultimately decide if it was shameful and wrong.
The administration said the contract was so small it doesn’t merit additional scrutiny, but they struggled to explain exactly what the state was getting out of the contract.
The Legislature is nibbling around the edges on new revenue as the House starts to pull together its budget. Here’s some of what happened on…
It’s always Marmot Day in our hearts.
“Challenging, offensive and disloyal.”