The provision limits state revenue when oil prices rise, and doesn’t allow the state to adjust for inflation.
The Senate may vote on its version of the budget on Saturday. Then the two houses will work to resolve the differences.
Anchorage Democratic Sen. Johnny Ellis sponsored the bill. This made it unusual, since few bills sponsored by members of the minority party ever come up for votes.
Reductions include $9.8 million in cuts to education programs, as well as cutting all $2.7 million in state funding for public broadcasting.
It’s an early step in a potential $3.5 million reduction sure to rile supporters of Alaska’s public TV and radio stations.
A proposal to increase minimum school enrollment seems unlikely to pass this legislative session if such a bill even materializes.
At least one state lawmaker wants to propose an education cost-savings measure that could close dozens of rural schools across the state.
The state-run Mt. Edgecumbe High School will continue to receive $4.6 million from the Department of Education and Early Development.
Rep. Lynn Gattis, a Wasilla Republican, sponsored the bill, which gets rid of a requirement that one percent of funds for public projects, like schools and courthouses, go toward art.