Mike Prax is a former Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly member and Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. worker. He was the Interior Alaska coordinator for the election campaign of Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
Wilson is taking a job with a state agency that she’s often fought against during her 10 years in the Alaska House of Representatives.
Alaska state lawmakers say they’re looking forward to learning what Dunleavy’s plans are for the budget.
The Alaska House of Representatives failed again to approve funding for the capital budget Monday morning. A measure that would draw funding from the state’s Constitutional Budget Reserve fell one vote shy of the 30 necessary for passage.
A draft bill discussed Monday would set permanent fund dividends at $929 to have a balanced budget. House Bill 2001 would both reverse Dunleavy’s vetoes to the operating and capital budgets and set the dividend level.
Dunleavy issued a second round of line-item vetoes, this time on the capital budget. Legislators in Juneau criticized the changes, but didn’t vote on overriding them.
While there won’t be a formal way to override the vetoes after Friday, there may be another path to restoring funding for some line items.
Fewer legislators were present in Juneau than the 45 votes needed to reverse the governor’s vetoes. Disagreement over where to meet has split lawmakers between the two locations, with Friday the constitutional deadline for overriding the vetoes.
Former Alaska state Rep. Jason Grenn sponsored an ethics law last year that affects legislators’ per diems. He called a recent vote on retroactive per diem payments “sad.”
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.