A three-quarter vote would be exceedingly difficult for either chamber to muster without some serious deal-making.
The budget, the dividend, the budget, ferries, the budget, shakeups and the budget.
The court system has been proactive and conservative with the budget, but unexpected fees are making things tough.
Stedman comes to the defense of his “beloved marine highway.”
The report finds that no routes could be operated at even a break-even level by a private company. The nearest to profitable would still require a $370,000 subsidy.
The idea comes as the Anchorage Assembly is considering instituting new taxes to fill the gap left by dwindling state assistance to communities.
When Gov. Mike Dunleavy rolled out his surprisingly light-on-cuts budget last week, he conceded that despite all the frenzy over red pens he cannot, in fact, cut everything by veto.
He could only spare about 10 minutes for Alaska to explain his budget but spoke for 35 minutes in front of the national conservative audience.
History shows the Legislature will prefer the easiest (relatively speaking) route to solve the deficit.
Just as the governor is asking for Alaskans to come up with budget solutions, he’s also pushing amendments that would severely limit the state’s options.