Walker set up a similar kind of incident command structure in response to the opioid epidemic earlier this year.
There’s still no major announcement—or even minor actions—suggesting the House and Senate majorities are closer to resolution. Work like today’s at least makes sure things are ready to go if and when that does happen.
The administration hoped to stick to the numbers of the oil and gas tax credit bill, but the House Finance Committee was at peak political sniping.
The Senate Majority’s openness to the compromise isn’t entirely surprising, but it gets to act like the reasonable party amid legislative gridlock.
Two-thirds of the way through the special session, Gov. Bill Walker is asking the Legislature to please, just do something to reach a budget compromise and avert the July 1 government shutdown. Today, Walker kept pressing the sales pitch for his compromise.
Its not as much about trusting what legislators say as it is about the Legislature’s ability to make meaningful progress on Alaska’s fiscal crisis.
Walker knew his proposal to break the Alaska Legislature’s gridlock over the fiscal crisis–which picked from the Senate and House stances–wouldn’t be popular.
In the April 23 episode of Alaska’s most listened to political podcast, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss the state budget gridlock in Juneau, certification of Jim Minnery’s restroom initiative targeting transgender people in Anchorage, why Real ID matters, and a new poll showing how gubernatorial hopefuls might do in their primary races. We are also joined by State Senator Berta Gardner to talk about everything that is happening — or not happening — in the legislature.
In our March 12 episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar are joined by former Special Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Leslie Dach to talk with us about what impact the Trumpcare bill would have on Alaska if enacted. Forrest and Casey go on to discuss what themes and issues are rising Anchorage’s municipal races and what is happening in Juneau.