The largest point of opposition to UA President Jim Johnsen’s plan came from Juneau-based Regent Dale Anderson, who accused Johnsen of consolidating most of the initial licensure program responsibility to the Fairbanks campus.
The vote brings the House budget back into agreement with Gov. Mike Dunleavy on the issue. If the amendment makes it into the final budget, it would shift roughly $100 million in spending from the state to municipalities.
The state has been reimbursing municipalities for most bond debt for school bonds issued before the moratorium. It doesn’t have a legal obligation to do that. Local voters are told when they approve bonds that the state’s share is subject to the annual state budget process.