Sen. Donny Olson, D-Golovin, has offered to personally pay for the Nome meeting—as long as they remove all the requirements of attendees.
The events appear to be hosted not by the governor but by far-right group Americans for Prosperity’s Alaska branch, which has put a strict set of conditions for attendance to the “a private, policy focused events.”
It’s part of a larger fight over how the budget is put together, requiring legislators to go on the record if they want any parts of the Dunleavy budget to be considered.
Repealing the program that stations pollution monitors on cruise ships would show Alaska is open for business. The only problem is that cruise lines are already booming.
Some legislators walked away feeling that no economic analysis had been done before the budget was submitted to the Legislature.
Dunleavy says it’s not his job to come up with a vision for the University of Alaska—or Alaska, for that matter.
The Dunleavy administration has only really had to defend the budget in limited interviews with select outlets and in meetings with legislators. These face-to-face meetings with voters will really put it to the test.
Senators said they’d rather get it right than do it fast. They also acknowledged that Alaska’s crime problems aren’t entirely SB 91’s fault.
Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka said she was unsure if she would be able to meet with legislators to talk about the budget.
The nonpartisan budget director says Dunleavy’s budget would likely mean higher taxes for many Alaskans, doesn’t have proper justification, isn’t that predictable and doesn’t really protect all of Alaska’s reserves.