The word “insurmountable” comes to mind.
The confirmation vote brings an end to a standoff between Senate Republicans and the governor.
The latest shot in a feud between Dunleavy and Republicans over the PFD.
Some legislators have suggested that a full PFD might be possible as long as it’s tied to changes to the future formula.
The move adds the capital budget to the agenda, too.
The pieces come together for the next session, but not to rubber-stamp the Governor-elect Dunleavy’s plans.
On a party line vote, the committee advanced the bill without amendments or answers to the many questions raised during the hearing.
It has been an odd week in Alaska politics. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg came to the Last Frontier, learned our savage ways, and decided to educate the world about them (only to get a few details wrong). Then, with our endless legislative special session now set to focus on oil industry tax policy (HB 111), the Republican State Senate Majority, including Sen. Pete Kelly and Sen. Cathy Giessel, seemingly held a press conference to rail against cushy cash subsidies state government gives to oil companies. Wait, it was Republicans complaining about what a sweet, sweet deal the resource industry gets in Alaska? Democrats in the House Majority responded by holding a press conference of their own to point out some fine print in the GOP theater that makes the Senate plan much more oil friendly than they let on. Casey Reynolds and Forrest Dunbar sort through all of those political shenanigans, talk some healthcare and weed policy, and even bring in Alaska Tax Division Director Ken Alper to explain the fine points of oil tax policy at play in the HB 111 fight.
Young vs the Kochs, Pruitt vs Hammond, Anchorage candidates vs apathy. It’s Friday in the Sun!!!!
The many tales of Eagle River politics and Cathy Giessel’s bad, bad week. It’s Friday in the Sun!!!