Without significant fixes to the state-run relief program, Alaska could find itself returning as much as $200 million to the feds while Alaska businesses are left out in the cold.
Business leaders have argued loans are an unnecessary additional risk for businesses that don’t know when income will return to normal.
Both the Senate and governor’s administration have been closely involved in the formation of the legislation and support the measure. If the House process is anything to go by, the measure could be into effect by this Monday or even sooner.
Thousands of Alaskans are suddenly without work as the economy grinds to a halt.
Legislators hope to hold the first hearing on the bill by the end of the week, but that would require minority Republicans to sign off on the meeting.
Should they stay or should they go?
Opponents said the proposed trainee program would have skirted the well-regulated apprenticeship program, creating a pathway to less-prepared workers with lower earning ability.
The decision comes amid a lawsuit brought by the state employee union.
A week before investigators uncovered an assault at the psychiatric hospital, a deputy commissioner was talking about the discovery in the past tense.
Studies show that most patients will tend to overlook the new information.