A judge has ruled that the Alaska Legislature was within its rights to pass school funding for the current school year in a law passed last year.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration had argued that the funding wasn’t valid. The Department of Law said that it violated the state constitution’s prohibition on dedicated funds, as well as the constitution’s provision for an annual state budget.
Schally rejected both of these arguments. He ruled that Dunleavy violated his constitutional obligation to “faithfully execute the laws of this state.”
The administration had agreed to continue to pay the bulk of the money until the case is resolved. Schally’s ruling may ease the release of $30 million in supplemental funding that the governor had opposed.
The Legislative Council sued Dunleavy and the commissioners of administration and education after the administration took the position that the funding wasn’t valid.
This story has been updated.