“What is the goal of having quarterly payments?” asked one legislator.
Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins says the whole discussion highlights the need to rethink the Alaska Permanent Fund in order to protect as much money from legislators as possible.
“My goal is that, and I think a goal shared by a lot of people in this body, is that we have enough money protected permanently in the permanent fund that we can continue to argue about how to spend that money 20 years from now,” said Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.
The initiative would ban lobbyists from buying legislators meals, rewrite the rules for conflict of interest and end per diem payments if legislators haven’t passed a budget by the end of the regular session.
A proposed voter initiative for 2018 would cut off legislators’ per diem payments if they don’t pass a budget by the end of the regular…