Time to make up for lost time.
The largely Democrat-led coalition put mostly Democrats in charge of every committee.
It’s not an immediate death knell for the House Coalition’s hold on the House but it’s not great.
They’re finally, nearly ready to get to work.
It’s a bet that Alaska’s generally promising trends, declining case counts, relatively few deaths and fast vaccination rate will keep up without the state’s disaster powers.
Stutes was elected on a 21-19 vote after a lone party-line Republican broke ranks to support the moderate Republican member of the House bipartisan coalition.
The program typically has about $15 million go out each month in benefits but was boosted by Congress to address a sharp increase in food insecurity and hunger amid the pandemic.
Begich said the measure is particularly warranted because the economic impacts of the pandemic have largely fallen on low-wage workers, who are still unemployed at a far higher rate than high-wage workers.
Unfortunately, instead of inviting Alaskan public health experts and health care professionals who have been on the front lines fighting the pandemic for the last year, they have chosen instead to invite individuals pushing false claims and theories that aim to undermine guidelines and recommendations that that keep people safe.
The state warns that repealing the disaster declaration would undermine its vaccination efforts.