Legislators from both sides of the aisle and from across Alaska fire back to Dunleavy’s proposed budget. Meanwhile, something is afoot in the House.
The move would punch more multi-million dollar holes in budgets along the TAPS route, but the biggest impacts would be felt by the North Slope Borough and Valdez.
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.
An unexpected turn of events.
Eliminating expansion would also boot more than 50,000 low-income Alaskans off coverage.
And for what? Absolutely nothing.
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.
The $30 tax would be levied on every Alaska worker—regardless of residency—and raise an estimated $13 million per year for school construction and maintenance.
The House broke the 22-day record for longest time without a permanent speaker, the efforts for a large bipartisan majority seem to have fallen apart and everyone took one last pre-budget swipe at the budget.