Instead, legislators voted to support a $1,600 dividend.
The bill’s gained traction and attention as a tool to combat mass shootings, but many supporters say it’ll be a far more important tool for combating Alaska’s leading form of gun deaths: suicide.
Senators gripe about Medicaid spending and wonder if education budgeting can be done better.
The report confirms Westlake’s behavior toward women “created a hostile work environment.”
The state says there are plenty of ironclad reasons to bar the Alaska Republican Party from cherry-picking primary candidates.
The Republican legislators ran afoul of the party by caucusing with Democrats.
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.