Don’t mess with the Legislature’s per diem.
The big problem is Gov. Dunleavy argues that balance isn’t needed.
It’s a big bet (with Alaskans’ PFDs). Let’s see how it pays off.
The governor’s betting that this will be the time the Legislature finally bows down.
The 82,000 Alaskans living in high-cost communities can now, truly breath a sigh of relief now that this year’s funding for the Power Cost Equalization program is no longer in jeopardy.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy was dealt yet another legal loss today when a judge ruled his administration was wrong to try to empty the Power Cost…
Gotta pay for that bigger PFD somehow.
In the grand scheme of things, it is a potential game-changer that could upend the way the Alaska budget works and, in doing so, the levers of power and who holds them. In real-world terms, there are some 82,000 Alaskans who’ll be seeing it on their electric bills.
Unless Dunleavy is planning on finally putting some support behind anything beyond big dividends, then this state-funded campaign can’t be expected to accomplish much other than to confuse the situation. But that’s probably the point.
It can be added, but as of right now there’s no vehicle to pay out this year’s PFD on the table—or restore the Power Cost Equalization program.