Sen. Mia Costello noted that insurance bills now exceed many families’ mortgage payments
Democrats Tom Begich and Ed Wesley are running to succeed Ellis. Republicans Wasilla Rep. Lynn Gattis and David Wilson are running for Huggins’ Senate seat.
Some legislators are calling for Walker to be more involved in advocating for his bills.
It’s not clear how Gov. Bill Walker will respond to a spending plan that doesn’t address Alaska’s longterm state fiscal imbalance.
There are several things that will be different than in the regular session. The first is that the Legislature will be focused on ten items included in Walker’s call for the special session.
A minute past midnight, Walker called for legislators to return to Juneau on Monday.
How the state will pay for the spending plans remains uncertain.
How the legislature and Gov. Bill Walker handle a plan could have big implications on Alaskans’ Permanent Fund dividends.
Oil industry advocates say the bill would devastate the state’s economy by discouraging investment.
Some legislators have raised the option of closing the state’s budget deficit by spending Permanent Fund earnings.