Reinbold accused Gov. Mike Dunleavy of “usurping of the legislative authority,” of running the state in a “quasi-martial-law-like manner” and not returning her calls.
The Legislature contends that Dunleavy’s authority to spend the money on his own is extremely limited. The return would be expected in the “next couple weeks” in order to pass a spending plan for the federal relief money.
“There’s a good likelihood we will not have service in Southeast in March,” conceded Department of Transportation Commissioner John MacKinnon on Thursday.
Stedman comes to the defense of his “beloved marine highway.”
With the Senate set to approve a $3,000 dividend, the Legislature is putting more money into savings.
It could return for a successful vote later in the week.
Sen. Stedman had to remind the administration that the Legislature is an equal branch of government and won’t stand for “dictatorial control” of Alaska’s financial information.
The pieces come together for the next session, but not to rubber-stamp the Governor-elect Dunleavy’s plans.
After a commission eliminated session per diem for Juneau legislators, a Juneau legislator proposed cutting everyone else’s per diem by 75 percent.
Former committee chair Sen. Gary Stevens automatically lost the spot when he filed for statewide office.