The Senate Majority’s openness to the compromise isn’t entirely surprising, but it gets to act like the reasonable party amid legislative gridlock.
Two-thirds of the way through the special session, Gov. Bill Walker is asking the Legislature to please, just do something to reach a budget compromise and avert the July 1 government shutdown. Today, Walker kept pressing the sales pitch for his compromise.
Its not as much about trusting what legislators say as it is about the Legislature’s ability to make meaningful progress on Alaska’s fiscal crisis.
Walker knew his proposal to break the Alaska Legislature’s gridlock over the fiscal crisis–which picked from the Senate and House stances–wouldn’t be popular.
Legislators are getting briefings on the package today and the administration is being tight-lipped about the plan for now, but it’s unlikely that a sales tax will be part of it. Despite the rumors.
Hello Midnight Sun readers. After a fitful night-before-Christmas sleep under the actual midnight sun in Fairbanks, Alaska, I’m excited to officially be writing here. In…
On our June 4 episode of Alaska’s most listened-to political podcast, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar discuss the continuing state budget standoff in Juneau and the launch of the decline to sign effort to combat Jim Minnery’s anti-transgender ballot prop in Anchorage. Casey and Forrest also talk with former Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to Alaska this week and America’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords.
The driving tenant of the Midnight Sun is to keep Alaskans from being in the dark about local, state, and national issues. But it’s hard to hold up our end of the bargain when it comes to the healthcare issue because most of the bill crafting for healthcare repeal is going on behind closed doors. We simply get vague snippets from those involved and conjecture from those who aren’t.
The evidence has been there for a while, but its clear now. Lisa Murkowski has become ascendant in American politics.