A quick and dirty rundown of Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy’s proposed budget.
Day 29 featured a truly bizarre House floor session, last-minute heartburn about the budget and a truly scathing public hearing for the latest appointment to draw public ire.
Eliminating expansion would also boot more than 50,000 low-income Alaskans off coverage.
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.