Alaskans are approaching their legislators in person. They’re holding rallies and sleepovers. And they’re barraging lawmakers with phone calls, text messages and emails by the hundreds.
It’s not clear how deeply Gov. Mike Dunleavy will cut using the line-item veto. Medicaid, the university and school bond debt reimbursement are the areas with the biggest increases over what he proposed.
The Senate could reconsider the bill as soon as Friday. The bill would require an additional $1.3 billion in combined cuts to state spending and savings.
The bill now goes to the Senate. It includes $45 million for Medicaid, $24 million for the ferry system and $18 million for the Department of Corrections.
The House version looks to be pretty similar to the $4.5 billion that Walker proposed.
Rep. Chuck Kopp has proven to be a key vote, largely sticking to Alaska Criminal Justice Commission recommendations.
“They’re calling it GTA, grand theft Anchorage, right now,” said Rep. Lora Reinbold, who says she wants to repeal Senate Bill 91. “It’s outrageous, what’s going on in the city that I love.”
Grenn said Alaska is the only state in the country that makes it so easy for lawmakers with conflicts of interest to vote.
Three Republican incumbents and two Democrats who caucused with the Republicans trailed their opponents in a primary that drew only 15 percent of voters
According to the Legislative Affairs Agency, Reinbold told staff she had not been aware she had received the money, and that she would repay it.