After a failed vote yesterday to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s vetoes, Alaska lawmakers are in another joint session to discuss veto overrides.
The nearly $400 million in vetoes to the state’s operating budget impact funding for the state’s university system, Medicaid, school bonds and rural construction and benefits to low-income seniors in the state, among other items.
The cuts have prompted a backlash and statewide calls for lawmakers to overturn them.
But that kind of override will take a super-majority of the legislature — or 45 of them — to be successful.
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- The tribes sounding the alarm stretch from Yakutat to Bellingham. It came out of a three-day summit hosted by the Lummi Nation near Ferndale, Washington.
- “If I hadn’t intervened, I’m certain that they would have killed her,” Kenny Brewer said of the river otters that attacked Ruby, his 50-pound husky mix.
- Officials from the Denaina community of Eklutna filed the lawsuit seeking to open a hall in Chugiak.
- The law firm, Consovoy McCarthy, has strong ties to President Donald Trump and conservative legal causes nationwide. It's fighting Alaska unions.