The Supreme Court has directed the Alaska Division of Elections to prepare petition booklets immediately to the group Recall Dunleavy.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy requested the bill, which would create a new Alaska Lottery Corporation to oversee the lottery.
The judiciary’s independence has been the subject of two high-profile cases. Both are in response to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s decision to veto more than $334,700 from the courts’ budget because he disagreed with court rulings on public funding of abortions.
So far in this legislative session, there are no major proposals being openly debated that would close the budget gap.
Mike Sfraga, director of the Polar Institute at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Wilson Center, says climate change is making the Arctic Ocean more accessible.
The most noteworthy item that wasn’t included in the budget was the more than $800 million that Gov. Mike Dunleavy has said Alaskans are owed in permanent fund dividends.
Alaska’s economic development arm, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, hired Clark Penney’s company for a no-bid consulting contract. Penney’s grandfather Bob Penney spent $300,000 supporting Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s election.
Bettye Davis was the first black woman elected to the Alaska House of Representatives, and the first black Alaskan to serve in the state Senate. She died in December 2018.
After thinking about it for a year, Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he’s not opposed to putting budget cuts to a vote of the people.
The governor says the state is in a good position on multiple fronts. One is the warming Arctic, which could allow for shipping across the Arctic Ocean. Another is the demand for minerals that are used in electronics.