Lawmakers spent a record amount of time at the capitol this year trying to agree on a budget.
The Alaska Performance Scholarship and the Alaska Education Grant programs provide students across the state with vital funds for their studies. About 150 students at the University of Alaska Southeast received the scholarships last year.
The House voted 28 to 10 to allow the budget bill to go into effect on July 1.
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 $2,300 PFD amount received support from both conservative and liberal senators. So with the governor on board as well, why isn’t it on a clear path to being adopted?
By the end of the day Saturday, there were 71 budget amendments submitted. It’s not clear how many of the 52 remaining amendments will be debated.
While school districts may have already spent money they counted on the state sending them later, the state’s new budget director says they shouldn’t have.
The report lets lawmakers know that some of the things in the budget this year can’t be repeated.
The Legislature is on track to break the record for fewest bills passed in a year, with only five so far this year compared with the current record-low of 32 last year.
Alaska’s leaders are getting ready for tough negotiations over how the state will deal with its multibillion-dollar budget hole. How much the oil and gas industry should help fill that hole will be an especially controversial question for the legislature this session.