Less money for schools. Less money for the university. Less money for social safety net programs like Medicaid. More money for prisons. More money for dividends.
This year legislators are facing competing, often incompatible interests. Will they take the easy way out again?
The second week of the 2019 legislative session was a lot like the first.
Sen. Stedman had to remind the administration that the Legislature is an equal branch of government and won’t stand for “dictatorial control” of Alaska’s financial information.
Let’s set aside the juicy rumors swirling around the House “Majority” and the Sharon Jackson fiasco to focus in on some substantive policy issues that are coming into focus.
There’s few changes from Gov. Bill Walker’s budget beyond increasing the PFD and revising the oil revenue forecast, but a promise for big cuts in the future.
Walker made small changes to the budget approved by the Legislature.
The bill restructures the permanent fund to pay for government, formalizing what the Legislature was already planning on doing. Some say it’ll act like a spending limit, others worry it’ll be easily ignored.
Cocktails, log rolling, end-of-session and Medicaid work requirements. Here’s what happened and what to look forward to.
A House committee also introduced an updated version of the gun violence protective order bill that narrows the scope of the bill.