To opponents, the vetoes targeting of schools, the University of Alaska, child care, workforce development and seniors was evidence that not everything has changed over the last four years.
The Alaska Legislature failed to pass legislation requiring the state to sell assets in Russia.
Dahlstrom is generally viewed as one of the more competent Republican officials in Dunleavy’s orbit and should have some centrist appeal.
The legislation would only require the state divest $7 million of an estimated $333 million of investments in Russia. Legislators said it was unconscionable.
“There was no attempt to override Ballot Measure 2,” Dunleavy said about his efforts to lobby the Legislature to overturn a significant piece of Ballot Measure 2.
The vote was 21-18 with every single non-majority Republican voting against the measure. Their opposition, combined with reluctance in the Senate, likely means that campaign contribution limits are doomed for the 2022 elections. That’s good news for Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who has already voiced support for unlimited contributions and has reportedly been soliciting large contributions.
ction marks the latest turn in the Legislature’s efforts to get to the bottom of the firing, which has been marked by allegations that Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration orchestrated the firing in order to install more politically friendly leadership of the state fund.
Without legislative direction, state officials said they would likely hold onto Russian investments in the hopes that they rebound and recapture their previous value.
At this point, it’ll be tough for the Legislature to pass its own campaign finance limits for this year’s election. In the long term, it’ll take a voter initiative or a new governor.
Within 30 minutes of the announcement, former Gov. Bill Walker endorsed the plan.