Either convince the public now or face a referendum later, the governor said.
The vote skirts a law passed last year that prevents legislators from collecting per diem until a fully funded operating budget is passed. The Legislative Council voted to make the payment retroactive.
They’ll be due back in Wasilla on July 8.
The chamber refused to add a $3,000 PFD to the capital budget so minority Republicans refused to sign off on a way to pay for the budget, endangering more than $1 billion in federal highway funds.
It may not be “tough on criminals,” but it’s definitely tough on crime.
The money for the practice is also set to come out of the Power Cost Equalization fund.