Flat funding, they argue, is the same as a cut amid rapidly rising inflation.
It’d keep funding at status quo levels but provide some stability to teachers and districts.
When the governor vetoed $30 million in state K-12 funding, he promised to replace it with federal funds, but those federal funds aren’t enough to cover both the $30 million hole AND new costs created by COVID-19.
More bad news for the University of Alaska.
Legislators don’t appear eager to trust him.
“This is not a cost savings, this is just a cost shift down to the local municipalities,” said Rep. Dan Ortiz.
It’s part of a larger fight over how the budget is put together, requiring legislators to go on the record if they want any parts of the Dunleavy budget to be considered.
Vance apologized for dismissing the students’ input, but said she wants “to be an advocate to help reduce the cost of education.”
A quick and dirty rundown of Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy’s proposed budget.
The $30 tax would be levied on every Alaska worker—regardless of residency—and raise an estimated $13 million per year for school construction and maintenance.