Some lawmakers are questioning whether the fund, now worth $900 million, should be committed to benefit only about one in nine Alaskans.
Google state legislative affairs representative Ron Barnes wouldn’t commit to bringing autonomous vehicles to the Alaska anytime soon, saying that Google’s engineers determine where the company tests its cars.
Members of the Republican-led Senate majority differ with Gov. Bill Walker on whether the state must permanently address all of its budget problems this year — and whether the state needs new taxes.
The Senate voted for $100 million in executive branch cuts that aren’t allocated.
In every other state, those with good credit pay lower premiums, while those with lower credit scores pay more.
The Senate Finance Committee’s current budget includes $215 million in cuts. But Committee Co-Chairman Fairbanks Republican Sen. Pete Kelly said he’s aiming for a total of $500 million in reductions.
Walker signed an administrative order requiring the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Energy Authority and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to find opportunities to become more efficient or consolidate.
The bill has a lot of bipartisan support. It draws on recommendations from the 13-member Alaska Criminal Justice Commission.
The Senate may vote on its version of the budget on Saturday. Then the two houses will work to resolve the differences.
Spohnholz is the development director for Salvation Army Alaska, and is the vice chairwoman of the Alaska Children’s Trust, which aims to eliminate childhood abuse and neglect throughout the state.