Legislators say a budget deal could come together as early as Friday. It’s not just talk, either, as the operating budget conference committee closed out some big items on Wednesday.
Walker said revenue measures could be added to the special session agenda if he sees good reason to do so.
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.'”
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.
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.
This idea of providing Alaskans a real choice on their relationship between their personal data and the government was at the heart of HB 74 as it made its way through the state house. Unfortunately, that choice was effectively stripped out of bill when the House Finance Committee overhauled the legislation on Tuesday by adding provisions mandating the DMV scan and store applicants’ pictures, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and other personal documents, and share our personal information including up to 5 digits of our social security numbers with a private multi-state database as mandated by Real ID. This would be true for both Alaskans that opt into Real ID and those who don’t.
The perennial battle by optometrists to change Alaska law to allow them to prescribe medicine and perform surgery soldiers on. Ophthalmologists, who actually went to…