Committee members said they don’t want to draw more than is outlined under a law that limits how much the state spends in permanent fund earnings each year.
Without the move, it was possible Alaskans wouldn’t receive PFDs this fall for the first time in 40 years.
The agenda doesn’t include funding for this year’s PFD — or $18.1 million for university scholarships and grants; $3.3 million for medical education; and $15.8 million in oil spill prevention and response.
Dunleavy said in a statement that the ruling provided clarity and that the Power Cost Equalization program provides an essential service.
The governor’s office has posted a request for media agencies interested in contracting with the state for the campaign. Agencies have until Friday to respond.
The special session will now begin Aug. 16 instead of Aug. 2.
The working group may consider changing the formula for setting permanent fund dividends, lowering the maximum amount that the state government can spend and raising new or higher taxes.
Dunleavy announced the veto as part of a larger list of line-item vetoes he announced on Thursday, a day after he signed the budget.
Both Gov. Dunleavy and legislators from every caucus have said they want to fund these programs. But legislators haven’t agreed on how to fund them.
The Alaska Senate passed a state budget by a margin of one vote on Wednesday, the day after the House passed it.