If the Alaska Legislature institutes tougher penalties on certain crimes, nearly 300 more people would be jailed every year at a cost that could exceed $4 million.
Who knows what will happen over the remainder of session, but if the first few days are anything to go by, then it’s going to get messy.
Two members of the House Majority’s leadership voted against the budget because it didn’t fully fund the dividend.
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.
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.'”
Political attacks in Juneau have stepped up in the past two weeks. It feels like late October, with a General election around the corner. Of course, thats a long ways away.
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.
Sullivan’s family business, Meyer’s ethical conundrums, and Alaska GOP fears Walker. It’s Friday in the Sun!!!
The eye wars return, Nees finds APOC’s weakness, and people get snow stupid. It is Friday in the Sun!
Gabby and Charisse fight, Begich comforts Dems, and Nees steps in and then goes off. It’s Friday in the Sun!