The Alaska Legislature plans to meet in a joint session at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.
The state funding ranged from 7% to 28% of public media stations’ budgets. But the loss could lead to some Alaska stations losing much more federal funding.
While the city of Kodiak has relatively reliable alternatives for transportation to mainland Alaska, an upcoming gap in ferry service will pose serious difficulties for the some of the island’s outlying villages.
Alaska’s coastal residents have long warned of dire effects if lawmakers sharply reduce ferry budgets. Now, absent an adjustment to the ferry schedule by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration, those warnings could become reality.
Alaska GOP Gov. Mike Dunleavy opposes new taxes. But in a poll he quietly commissioned earlier this year, a narrow majority of respondents supported them.
Once a state makes someone eligible for Medicaid, they’re entitled to receive health care — and their provider is entitled to be paid.
Among the funding the Alaska Legislature restored that Gov. Mike Dunleavy let stand was $3,869,600 for the Alaska State Council on the Arts.
Including Dunleavy’s vetoes, the budget cut state spending directly controlled by the Legislature by roughly $400 million.
The vote overturns a declaration that allowed for the expedited elimination of academic programs and layoffs of tenured faculty.
For the second time, Dunleavy vetoed funding to reimburse municipalities for school construction debt and to pay for Medicaid.