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.
Day 1 drama.
Legislators are concerned the regulations would lead to less safe work places. The Department of Labor says concerns about deaths are “rhetorical.”
The idea comes as the Anchorage Assembly is considering instituting new taxes to fill the gap left by dwindling state assistance to communities.
When Gov. Mike Dunleavy rolled out his surprisingly light-on-cuts budget last week, he conceded that despite all the frenzy over red pens he cannot, in fact, cut everything by veto.
History shows the Legislature will prefer the easiest (relatively speaking) route to solve the deficit.
The budget proposes to pay out a traditional PFD while making few cuts. The result is a $1.5 billion draw from the state’s last major savings account aside from the Permanent Fund.
It’s going to get worse and this year’s budget and vetoes won’t help.