The Republican legislators’ concerns have been growing for years. Some members believe that there should be much deeper cuts in state spending and that dividends should be much larger.
And legislators have said successful communication will be important this summer. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has charged the Legislature with coming up with a long-term solution for the state budget. But the vote on the shutdown didn’t go smoothly. It almost didn’t happen.
“I feel positive and it’s nice to know that we’ve been able to work together,” Alaska House Speaker Louise Stutes said. “And it appears that the resolution is just right there on the horizon.”
Leaders from both House caucuses said that their talks are focusing on the vote on the effective date for the budget bill the Legislature has already passed.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy has cited the failure of a vote related to the budget bill in announcing the shutdown.