The lawsuit is asking the courts to rule on a hypothetical: If Dunleavy signs the previous version of the budget passed by the Legislature, can legislative support staff legally continue issuing paychecks to workers from that branch of government?
The Malaspina was built in 1963 and has had several overhauls over the decades. Its last sailing was in late 2019 when the state put the ship in layup rather than invest at least $16 million in needed steelwork.
Eng replaces outgoing state forester Chris Maisch, who served for 21 years before retiring in February.
Nearly 15,000 Alaska state workers received layoff notices on Thursday. The next special session is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the Capitol.
The Biden administration has moved to block development in the refuge — and AIDEA’s move could put the two sides on track for a battle in court.
Pollock’s apparent triumph had Alaskans questioning the integrity of the election.
The administration didn’t immediately announce what programs would be shut down and how many state workers would be laid off.
The policy change also ends mandatory screenings for lawmakers, legislative aides, executive branch employees and news reporters to enter the Capitol.
The Alaska Senate passed a state budget by a margin of one vote on Wednesday, the day after the House passed it.
Most money for $1,100 dividends, as well as for programs that lower high energy costs and pay for university scholarships, depended on three-quarters of the members agreeing to draw from the Constitutional Budget Reserve. That failed by six votes.