While there won’t be a formal way to override the vetoes after Friday, there may be another path to restoring funding for some line items.
Alaska legislators gathered in two different places on Monday, with different messages about state law, permanent fund dividends and Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s line-item vetoes.
Monday’s special session in Wasilla gave road-system Alaskans a chance to offer their opinions about the huge budget dilemmas facing state lawmakers right now.
Alaska’s attorney general and the Legislature’s top lawyer are at odds over whether the governor is allowed to set a special session’s location.
It’s not clear that lawmakers will be able to resolve differences over PFDs by the June 3 deadline to provide layoff notices — or in time to avoid a state government shutdown on July 1.
The budget conference committee is aiming to finish its work in time for the House and Senate to pass the budget by the scheduled end of the session on May 15.
The Alaska House Finance Committee has proposed a budget that reduces state spending by less than a third of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed cuts.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy has said Alaskans should receive permanent fund dividends of roughly $3,000 this year. But it won’t be easy for state lawmakers to agree on the dividend’s size.
They traded accusations over which branch of government is responsible for the rise in crime.
Minority caucus Republicans offered amendments that would cut $28 million, but none passed.