Faced with impasse and indecision over the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, the Legislature created a bicameral working group to come up with suggestions for how…
Gavel Alaska can’t make it and the Legislative Affairs Agency can’t move its cameras, either. It’ll be audio-only.
A special session on the road system might mean more Alaskans can drive to session in person, but the lack of Gavel Alaska coverage will mean far fewer Alaskans will be able to easily watch the session unfold.
Still plenty of uncertainty.
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.
There’s just one thing: The budget hasn’t been signed into law yet.