In Dunleavy’s view, there’s a choice only between extremes: Either Alaska continues on a path he claims will lead to financial ruin and taxes or everyone needs to sign on with his Americans for Prosperity-approved plan to throttle state spending and stifle taxes.
Turns out the Alaska Constitution always wins.
Average Alaskans support his budget, Dunleavy says.
The governor refused to appointee one of the two nominees put forward by the Alaska Judicial Council to fill a vacancy in the Palmer Superior Court. Bolger replied with a constitutional lesson, noting the Alaska Constitution isn’t optional.
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.