The flu season is taking its toll on the Alaska Legislature, but work hasn’t slowed much.
Without the additional funding, public defenders would be working beyond their ethical limit leading to slowdowns, delays and mistakes.
Here’s what happened in the seventh week of session and what to look forward to this week.
The House Finance Committee did one last round of budget amendments before sending the budget to public testimony.
Most departments will see flat or increased funding under the House budget proposals.
Fallout continue from a handful of legislators’ bad to unacceptable behavior, while the supplemental budget and Medicaid spending continued to dominate debate.
This week House Minority Republicans have registered their opposition to the move, saying it’s admitting defeat on passing a budget on time.
Senators gripe about Medicaid spending and wonder if education budgeting can be done better.
The 2018 session will shape the 2018 elections, which will shape the 2020 redistricting board, which will shape the Legislature’s future.
Today, we’re looking at some of the biggest stories we’re looking forward to in 2018.