As the state financial crisis brings Alaska within two weeks of a state government shutdown, Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar get a blow-by-blow account of the legislature’s budget battle from the Alaska Dispatch News’ on-the-ground reporter, Nat Herz. Before getting to Nat, Casey and Forrest talk about the shooting at in Washington D.C, the resurrection of the AHCA in the U.S. Senate, and the Alaska GOP’s stunning failure to eject any of the three Homer city council members they were targeting for recall this week.
Walker said revenue measures could be added to the special session agenda if he sees good reason to do so.
The House Majority’s budget, the PFD lawsuit and a puzzling political challenger.
The House Majority went out in inglorious style when it passed an all-or-nothing budget, and for all the damage it’s done it won’t accomplish a thing.
Uber and Lyft have arrived in Alaska. Gov. Bill Walker signed legislation today legalizing the operation of the ride-hailing services throughout Alaska. With an immediate…
Legislative staff necessary to pass a budget will be able to stay on, but just who’s necessary is left up to legislators.
Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux: “We are headed to a budget which reduces the people’s PFD and to this, Mr. Speaker, I say not only ‘No,’ but ‘Hell no.'”
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has yet to see the Senate’s secretive health care bill and isn’t happy with the speed with which the bill is headed for a vote.
Murkowski was seated right next to the commander in chief, but her body language suggests she would rather be anywhere else.
In the normal course of a legislative session that would probably spell the end of SB 12, but this session is anything but.