Lawmakers abolished pensions for new employees in 2006 amid a multibillion-dollar shortfall in the pension fund, replacing them with a 401(k)-style retirement system.
Current vote counts are unofficial, but Senate President Cathy Giessel and the five trailing House incumbents would need dramatic changes in the remaining votes to win.
Across Southcentral and Interior Alaska, challengers who generally had raised less campaign cash than the incumbents were at least holding their own.
Some of the Republican incumbents who are losing had caucused or worked closely with Democrats.
Tuesday is primary day in Alaska, but the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to drive down election day turnout. And a record number of Alaskans have requested absentee ballots. Since absentee ballot counting won’t start until a week after the primary election day, results of close races may not be known until the end of August.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says the team will recommend decisive policies to protect jobs, families and the economy.
A bill that would substantially reform the state’s Village Public Safety Officer Program received public testimony last week from various Native leaders across the state.
Alaska state Rep. Chuck Kopp says the proposed formula would provide stability to both the state’s economy and to permanent fund dividends.
The state once said Alaska Native tribes didn’t have jurisdiction over adoptions, like tribes had elsewhere in the United States. The state later changed that position, but this inconsistent history has left tribes with uncertainty about the future.
If the Senate passes the budget bill on Monday as expected, it would go to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s desk later this week. If he signs it, it would avoid a state government shutdown on July 1.