The Alaska Legislature plans to meet in a joint session at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.
The state of Alaska could eliminate funding for much of what it does, and it still wouldn’t cover the projected $1.5 billion budget gap.
The first day of the legislative session brought a shake-up in the Senate.
In an interview, Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he’s open to working with the Legislature to solve much of Alaska’s long-term budget problem.
Ben Sparks, a former Republican political consultant in Alaska, was campaign manager for Dan Sullivan when he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014.
A working group created last June to make recommendations on the Alaska Permanent Fund decided against proposing a specific change to the formula for setting PFDs.
The order effectively prevents the Recall Dunleavy campaign from gathering signatures until the Alaska Supreme Court reviews the case.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she will vote with Republican leaders against amendments demanding witnesses. But she says no one should assume she will oppose calling witnesses later.
At the end of last year’s legislative session, Juneau found itself on the hook for more than $5 million in cost shifts from the state.
Alaska fourth graders had the lowest reading scores in the country in a national assessment last year.