In the normal course of a legislative session that would probably spell the end of SB 12, but this session is anything but.
The House initially seemed on-board with the Senate’s spending proposal. That wasn’t to last.
Walker set up a similar kind of incident command structure in response to the opioid epidemic earlier this year.
There’s still no major announcement—or even minor actions—suggesting the House and Senate majorities are closer to resolution. Work like today’s at least makes sure things are ready to go if and when that does happen.
The administration hoped to stick to the numbers of the oil and gas tax credit bill, but the House Finance Committee was at peak political sniping.
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.