If an amendment to the capital budget to pay full permanent fund dividends fails, the House minority leader expects there won’t be enough votes to draw from the Constitutional Budget Reserve.
The compromise bill, which repeals a controversial criminal justice reform law passed in 2016, would lead to longer criminal sentences. The Alaska Legislature plans to take it up next week.
House Bill 49 would mark the third time the Legislature changed major provisions of the controversial criminal justice law known as Senate Bill 91.
The largest change the House made on the floor was to restore half of school bond debt reimbursement.
The history of the governor’s line-item veto power dates back more than a half-century, to the Alaska constitutional convention that began in 1955.
Step aboard the MV LeConte, where a single trip last week showed how Southeast Alaska residents have knit the state’s ferries into their lives — and how they would adapt if the ships stopped running.
The House Finance subcommittees have proposed a total of $47 million in reductions to state agencies from the current budget. Dunleavy proposed $794 million in cuts to state agencies.
The plan looks at what the state would spend over the next 10 years if the Legislature adopts all of Dunleavy’s spending proposals — and if lawmakers and Alaskans amend the state constitution to limit spending.
House Speaker Bryce Edgmon says the format will allow more Alaskans to speak face-to-face with lawmakers. But House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt opposes the idea for fiscal reasons.
Two veterans of Alaska politics have signed contracts to work with Gov. Dunleavy, and one of them is keeping her ownership of her advertising, marketing and political strategy firm even as she works as the governor’s acting communications director.