With the Senate’s new health care bill and the Legislature’s budget deal dominating Alaskan politics, that is right where Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar dive in. First, we talk with Rep. Ivy Spohnholz about how the state operating budget deal came together and what made it in. Then Disability Law Center of Alaska Legal Director Mark Regan joins us for a detailed discussion what the new health care bill looks like and whether Alaska’s Senior Senator Lisa Murkowski will be able to find enough to like for it to get her vote.
Legislators say a budget deal could come together as early as Friday. It’s not just talk, either, as the operating budget conference committee closed out some big items on Wednesday.
As the state financial crisis brings Alaska within two weeks of a state government shutdown, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar get a blow-by-blow account of the legislature’s budget battle from the Alaska Dispatch News’ on-the-ground reporter, Nat Herz. Before getting to Nat, Casey and Forrest talk about the shooting at in Washington D.C, the resurrection of the AHCA in the U.S. Senate, and the Alaska GOP’s stunning failure to eject any of the three Homer city council members they were targeting for recall this week.
Walker said revenue measures could be added to the special session agenda if he sees good reason to do so.
The House Majority went out in inglorious style when it passed an all-or-nothing budget, and for all the damage it’s done it won’t accomplish a thing.
Legislative staff necessary to pass a budget will be able to stay on, but just who’s necessary is left up to legislators.
In the normal course of a legislative session that would probably spell the end of SB 12, but this session is anything but.
The House initially seemed on-board with the Senate’s spending proposal. That wasn’t to last.
On our June 11 episode of Alaska’s most listened-to political podcast, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss the continuing state budget standoff in Juneau with Midnight Sun Editor Matt Buxton and the continued success of anti-Trump candidates–as seen in the UK election. Then we talk with MSNBC contributor and former CIA Analyst/Spokesman Edward Price about former FBI Director James Comey’s dramatic testimony before Congress this week.
Walker set up a similar kind of incident command structure in response to the opioid epidemic earlier this year.