He said the need to address the state’s fiscal crisis brought the caucus together.
The cable vessel Ile de Sein is on its way to the North Slope, where soon it’ll lay hundreds of miles of fiber optic cable for the Quintillion high-speed internet project.
Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner, an Anchorage Democrat, said her caucus members were disappointed.
Lawmakers collected nearly $200,000 in per diem over the course of two special sessions.
On Wednesday, the Senate Finance committee slashed more than $40 million in state dollars from the capital budget.
Egan says there was a lot of dissatisfaction with the way the Senate was run this year.
A bill authorizing the state to build a billion-dollar bridge across the Knik Arm is back for consideration.
The Senate Finance Committee advanced the bill on Friday. The pay-raise recommendations come from a non-partisan board that look at factors like cost of living and salaries for comparable positions in other states.
Legislators are moving back to a policy where they have to submit receipts for those expenditures.
After years of fighting for it, Gov. Sean Parnell has gotten his major legislative priority through: a reduction of the state’s oil tax rate.