A hard deadline for the investigation to be completed or released publicly has not been announced.
There’s no immediate effect on state finances, but continued losses would reduce available cash for services and dividends.
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.
The budget links $650 of the payment to a critical vote that has been impossible to secure in recent years: accessing the constitutional budget reserve.
Conservatives supporting the spending say it’s all fine because no one’s been following the rules anyways.
Within 30 minutes of the announcement, former Gov. Bill Walker endorsed the plan.
She implored legislators to be proactive about attaining the additional funds that will be available through grants on everything from improving broadband access to upgrading water infrastructure.
While Dunleavy has generally voiced support for the scholarships themselves, he’ll have the final say on whether the scholarship program lives or dies as long as he’s in office.
“It’s all just discretionary. It’s all just words. The Legislature can honor it or not honor if it wants. It’s not like signing a contract with a contractor,” argued the state’s attorney. “It’s not the same thing at all.”