The budget links $650 of the payment to a critical vote that has been impossible to secure in recent years: accessing the constitutional budget reserve.
The ruling came down to the board’s decision to treat the JBER/Eagle River Senate district as sacrosanct simply because they believed both were conservative.
The “several dozen” amendments promised by the Senate Democrats will delay passage of the legislation by hours, if not days, as the session nears its deadline.
Conservatives supporting the spending say it’s all fine because no one’s been following the rules anyways.
One Republican suggested the best way to address sexual violence against Alaska Native women would be to tax villages.
The legislation won’t reach up to the University of Alaska.
That means restoring a stable and long-term source of funding for the scholarships will require action by the Alaska Legislature.
A new challenger appears.
The plan would keep Eagle River in control of two Senate districts while also lumping together several incumbents and a former Senate President together in a single senate district.
Legislators nixed nearly $500,000 to pay for a settlement after a federal judge found both Gov. Dunleavy and former chief of staff Tuckerman Babcock could be held personally responsible.