Olson says he will not contribute to the same decimation of rural Alaska that was seen during the 1918 Spanish Flu.
The governor said the chief concern is preparing for the virus, saying economic impacts would come second.
A flight evacuating 240 U.S. citizens from Wuhan City, the epicenter of an outbreak of coronavirus, will refuel in Alaska later this week.
When Gov. Mike Dunleavy rolled out his surprisingly light-on-cuts budget last week, he conceded that despite all the frenzy over red pens he cannot, in fact, cut everything by veto.
The state’s claims that the budget, which is produced every year, was an emergency requiring the immediate rate cuts wasn’t convincing the judge.
Either the governor is spending money the Legislature hasn’t approved or he’s once again been caught between reality and his overpromises about cutting Medicaid. Either should raise alarm bells for legislators.
Planned Parenthood says the federal rule changes combined with Dunleavy’s Medicaid veto will hit low-income Alaskans particularly hard.
The vaccination money can be tapped to respond to disease outbreaks. The state announced a measles case just days earlier.
The Legislature hoped to kick-start the opening of new drug addiction treatment, but the money is caught in a fight over the PFD.
There’s just one thing: The budget hasn’t been signed into law yet.