The bill restructures the permanent fund to pay for government, formalizing what the Legislature was already planning on doing. Some say it’ll act like a spending limit, others worry it’ll be easily ignored.
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A House committee also introduced an updated version of the gun violence protective order bill that narrows the scope of the bill.
There’s a groundswell of support for a smoke-free workplaces, but one legislator still could stand in the way.
Dunleavy stands to be the full-PFD candidate in 2018.
This week it seemed like everyone wants to run for governor, or at least wanted us to believe that they do. Hosts Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar dig into all the gubernatorial race posturing as well as the fall out from the Alaska Supreme Court’s decision on Gov. Walker’s veto of PFD spending, the continued attacks on transgender folks at both the national and local level, and, of course, the Trump administration’s monumental Friday night news dump. Then we talk with former celebrity Alaska weatherman and current Alaska Marijuana Industry Association Executive Director Cary Carrigan about the state of the marijuana industry in Alaska. We may also get his expert take on Hurricane Harvey, and boy does he have a good one.
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.
In case you’re not intimately familiar with the case, we’ve put together a primer on the lawsuit.
Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux: “We are headed to a budget which reduces the people’s PFD and to this, Mr. Speaker, I say not only ‘No,’ but ‘Hell no.'”
In our April 7 episode, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss what happened in Anchorage’s local elections now that all the votes are in, what is going on in the state budget and PFD reform efforts, and the state of internet privacy protection legislation. We are also joined by Assemblyman-elect Felix Rivera to talk about what he saw and heard on the campaign trail and his thoughts as a member of the LGBT community on legislators objecting to letting Drew Phoenix serve on the Alaska Human Rights Commission because he is transgender.
In our March 19 episode, Casey Reynolds and former Wasilla legislator Lynn Gattis discuss Donald Trump’s latest bout with “alternative facts”, the Alaska state budget, and what the reaction of Alaskans has been to the State Senate passing PFD reform. Casey then interviews Kenai-Soldotna area Senator Peter Micciche to get his take on the state budget and his body’s PFD reform package.