While the federal government may offer more flexibility in the future, Dunleavy’s administration wrote its plan for CARES Act funding without paying for the items he vetoed.
The Alaska Public Interest Research Group submitted a letter to Attorney General Kevin Clarkson’s office on Tuesday asking for an investigation into whether the December fundraiser violated the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.
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.
Including Dunleavy’s vetoes, the budget cut state spending directly controlled by the Legislature by roughly $400 million.
For the second time, Dunleavy vetoed funding to reimburse municipalities for school construction debt and to pay for Medicaid.
With a capital budget passed, the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. said it will dole out checks to charities that have been trying to keep Alaskans off the streets. But those checks will only go so far.
Nonprofit leaders have said they’re open to working with the governor. But it’s unclear how the approach will work in practice.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy hasn’t wavered from many of his positions since taking office. But that changed this week.
One village leader said the cultures and traditions of Alaska Natives have prepared them to respond to the cuts.
A coalition of more than two dozen organizations gathered for a press conference Wednesday in Anchorage under the moniker “Save Our State.”