Nearly 15,000 Alaska state workers received layoff notices on Thursday. The next special session is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the Capitol.
The administration didn’t immediately announce what programs would be shut down and how many state workers would be laid off.
The policy change also ends mandatory screenings for lawmakers, legislative aides, executive branch employees and news reporters to enter the Capitol.
The Alaska Senate passed a state budget by a margin of one vote on Wednesday, the day after the House passed it.
Most money for $1,100 dividends, as well as for programs that lower high energy costs and pay for university scholarships, depended on three-quarters of the members agreeing to draw from the Constitutional Budget Reserve. That failed by six votes.
Budget negotiators agreed to a compromise on Sunday. But neither chamber has held a regular floor session through Tuesday afternoon.
As Alaska lawmakers decide what to do about the budget, one group that’s keeping an eye on the outcome are the agencies that rate the state’s ability to pay off its debts.
A committee composed of both senators and House members agreed to a budget that would set the dividend at less than half the roughly $2,350 amount that Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed and the Senate passed during the regular session.
Mahoney said there will be “a few more” revenue measures presented to legislators. But she only hinted at what they would be.
The $2,300 PFD amount received support from both conservative and liberal senators. So with the governor on board as well, why isn’t it on a clear path to being adopted?