The issue could lead to the state spending from funds that most lawmakers want to protect for the future. Or it could go without paying some of its bills — but the Legislature would have to agree to a change for it to be legal.
Anderson has worked for the department for 20 years. His most recent position was director for the Northern Region. The governor’s office did not provide the reason for John MacKinnon’s departure and said that it doesn’t comment on personnel issues.
The House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday aimed at funding permanent fund dividends at $1,100. But the final amount isn’t clear.
One bill would expand the use of telehealth care, while another would allow Alaska to join a compact with other states to make it easier for nurses to be licensed in Alaska. Hospital leaders told lawmakers that it’s most important that the state act quickly, no matter the method.
It still has to pass the Senate, and the amount could be much lower, since Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration has said one of the accounts to be used to pay dividends in the bill is empty.
The Permanent Fund Dividend Division says legislators and Gov. Mike Dunleavy must agree on PFD funding by Wednesday for dividends to be paid on time.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Wednesday that he had ordered that the WWAMI medical education program and 17 other programs be funded.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced on Thursday a series of steps intended to help hospitals deal with a surge of COVID-19 cases. They include speeding up the process for allowing licensed health care providers to work in hospitals. The state is also looking to use federally contracted workers to temporarily staff hospitals.
The mostly Democratic House majority didn’t have enough members present to reach a quorum.
DeWitt said the campaign gathered 62,373 signatures. It needed roughly 9,000 more to hold a recall election.