For now, Patkotak isn’t committing to any legislative caucus. He says he hopes to take his role as an independent lawmaker seriously.
Legislative races near Fairbanks and in Anchorage show what’s at stake as Alaskans vote for legislative candidates with contrasting views on dividends and the Alaska Permanent Fund.
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.
A multimillion dollar dam in Kake would make it easier to bring renewable energy to the village. But the definition of “renewable” isn’t the same in everyone’s book.
The concept arose from a concern over Senate Bill 210, which would reduce the amount that municipalities receive in revenue sharing.
The House Finance Committee is considering a budget bill that would cut state government spending $418 million more than the $100 million in cuts Gov. Bill Walker proposed.