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.
The budget proposes to pay out a traditional PFD while making few cuts. The result is a $1.5 billion draw from the state’s last major savings account aside from the Permanent Fund.
The case is still likely headed to the Alaska Supreme Court.
The governor has backtracked on a $7.5 million veto, realizing his proposal would cut too deeply.
‘The great land is in the big squeeze.’
It’s going to get worse and this year’s budget and vetoes won’t help.
Real Alaskans ONLY.
The suit argues “Governor Dunleavy has created a manufactured crisis for Alaska’s seniors that could easily have been avoided through a well-publicized, gradual rate increase.”
The Republican governor was met with several forms of protest when he took the stage at the state’s largest annual gathering of Alaska Natives.