The hearing not only raised issues over the governor’s plan to supplant millions of dollars in vetoes with federal aid, but also his power to spend the money in the first place.
The rules will specifically allow curbside pickup of alcohol from liquor stores, distilleries, breweries and restaurants, removing the requirement for people to enter the stores, as well as delivery of sealed containers of beer and wine from restaurants when people order a meal.
Without widespread testing, Alaskans and these unspecified sectors of the Alaska economy could be stepping into the unknown as they return to business.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she’s not willing to bet on verbal guidance from the feds.
The state cites the American College of Surgeons in calling for elective abortions to be delayed “a few weeks,” but that’s not what the guidance actually says.
The governor claims some of the items can be replaced with federal COVID-19 funds. House Speaker Edgmon says the vetoes “gamble” the state’s future.
With $1.25 billion on the way, oversight is as important as ever.
The vetoes affect two social safety net programs as well as the Legislature’s attempt to rein in an anti-union lawsuit.
It’s all hands on deck.
The state’s budget picture is looking worse and worse every day.