Lawmakers from both ends of the political spectrum are raising concerns with the measure.
Until that happens, state workers are still in limbo.
The provision limits state revenue when oil prices rise, and doesn’t allow the state to adjust for inflation.
Without changes, the state runs the risk of exhausting its savings – imperiling all dividends – in a few years.
The next round of credits depends on funding that one key lawmaker is already calling on Gov. Bill Walker to veto.
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.