It has big impacts for recall efforts as well as the governor’s veto power.
The most significant proposal in front of the Board of Regents will be to fold University of Alaska Southeast into UAA or UAF.
It’s likely that the early payout is the governor’s latest and perhaps best shot at securing a second round of dividends, but that comes with its own can of worms.
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.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she’s not willing to bet on verbal guidance from the feds.
The governor claims some of the items can be replaced with federal COVID-19 funds. House Speaker Edgmon says the vetoes “gamble” the state’s future.
A group of legislators is seeking to lower the veto override threshold, which would require a constitutional amendment approved by Alaska voters.
The court system has been proactive and conservative with the budget, but unexpected fees are making things tough.
Stedman comes to the defense of his “beloved marine highway.”
The latest round was the best shot at consolidation. It also spurred a near revolt from faculty and students.