Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner concluded that the House can’t step in for the Legislative Council in appealing the lawsuit.
After having failed to address some of these issues in the last special session, many lawmakers aren’t eager to spend another 30 days in the capital city, but wherever lawmakers convene will impact local campaigns.
Richards is an architect of Walker’s plan to spend Permanent Fund earnings to fund state government.
“For me to have to ask for something that I feel he’s already earned – it’s kind of humiliating in a way,” said Brandy Johnson, widow of slain State Trooper Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson.
It’s not certain the Permanent Fund bill will come up for a vote.
Walker said Permanent Fund dividends are at risk in 2020 if the state doesn’t make changes this year.
The bill is the cornerstone of Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to bring stability to state government finances.
Dividend checks would drop by about $500, instead of the $1,000 cut included in the Senate’s version of the bill.
During public testimony Tuesday, House Finance Committee members heard an earful from residents who don’t want cuts.
Of more than 120 Alaskans who testified Tuesday, about 60 percent opposed the bill, which would could dividend checks this year in half.