The Senate’s set to roll out its budget this week, while the House rolls up its sleeves on crime.
The PFD, the roadshow, the budget and ethics. Here’s what happened on Day 72.
In Dunleavy’s view, there’s a choice only between extremes: Either Alaska continues on a path he claims will lead to financial ruin and taxes or everyone needs to sign on with his Americans for Prosperity-approved plan to throttle state spending and stifle taxes.
The plan would reduce future dividends and increase the risk the account could be zeroed out.
This year legislators are facing competing, often incompatible interests. Will they take the easy way out again?
Anchorage Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski’s taking the lead on the repayment of reduced and vetoed PFDs.
Dunleavy said he’s considering a project to put more public land into private ownership, but it would be separate from the PFD.
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.
It’s the latest the budget has ever passed the House since the creation of the 90-day session.
Instead, legislators voted to support a $1,600 dividend.