The state’s claims that the budget, which is produced every year, was an emergency requiring the immediate rate cuts wasn’t convincing the judge.
Either the governor is spending money the Legislature hasn’t approved or he’s once again been caught between reality and his overpromises about cutting Medicaid. Either should raise alarm bells for legislators.
There’s just one thing: The budget hasn’t been signed into law yet.
The news comes as a surprise for the organization representing the state’s hospitals.
The governor has proposed aggressive cuts to Medicaid, but when much of the proposed cuts rely on federal approval senators argue only a small fraction is actually achievable this year.
The 64th day of the Alaska legislative session was another busy one. Everyone got a look at the unannounced sponsor of the governor’s upcoming road show, representatives went to work mending the budget and yet another controversial appointee is out.
After two years of deeply divided, unproductive and bitter legislating, the Alaska Legislature found its stride in the last week to bring a largely productive and smooth finish to the session.
The Senate took issue with the state’s quoted price on work requirements, the House is plugging away on oil tax credits, Bree’s Law appears on the radar and other bills pass.
The House continued to be frozen over the operating budget.