Jared Goecker started as the state’s labor relations manager last month – a job that includes helping to supervise negotiation of union contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
The newest member of the Alaska Capitol press corps isn’t your average reporter. But he’s one of a growing number of political bloggers who are trying to fill in gaps left by Alaska’s shrinking mainstream media.
Dunleavy’s shifting positions on budget cuts have left critics fuming. They argue that the governor made dubious claims on the campaign trail that were never debunked by a weakened mainstream media.
A new debate centers around whether Gov. Mike Dunleavy has the power to veto money that state lawmakers set aside for schools last year, for the upcoming school year — a practice called “forward funding.”