A week before investigators uncovered an assault at the psychiatric hospital, a deputy commissioner was talking about the discovery in the past tense.
Some legislators walked away feeling that no economic analysis had been done before the budget was submitted to the Legislature.
Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka said she was unsure if she would be able to meet with legislators to talk about the budget.
Even pro-Dunleavy legislators say they don’t see the vision for a better Alaska in the governor’s budget.
The move would punch more multi-million dollar holes in budgets along the TAPS route, but the biggest impacts would be felt by the North Slope Borough and Valdez.
The House broke the 22-day record for longest time without a permanent speaker, the efforts for a large bipartisan majority seem to have fallen apart and everyone took one last pre-budget swipe at the budget.
And, surprise, the House still doesn’t have an organization.
It reveals a grave misunderstanding of how Alaska’s budget process works.
Sen. Stedman had to remind the administration that the Legislature is an equal branch of government and won’t stand for “dictatorial control” of Alaska’s financial information.
There’s few changes from Gov. Bill Walker’s budget beyond increasing the PFD and revising the oil revenue forecast, but a promise for big cuts in the future.