Unlike Dunleavy’s now-departed budget director, Donna Arduin, Pitney has also close ties to Alaska.
It was a busy day.
A three-quarter vote would be exceedingly difficult for either chamber to muster without some serious deal-making.
The budget, the dividend, the budget, ferries, the budget, shakeups and the budget.
The idea comes as the Anchorage Assembly is considering instituting new taxes to fill the gap left by dwindling state assistance to communities.
Legislators are seeking to add gender identity and sexual orientation to the protected classes in Alaska’s hate crime laws.
Just as the governor is asking for Alaskans to come up with budget solutions, he’s also pushing amendments that would severely limit the state’s options.