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DHSS immediately privatized API, handing management to a company with ties to OMB Director Donna Arduin. The move is expected to cost more money, upsetting legislators and API workers.
OMB Dir. Arduin would not comment on how taking $400 million in oil property taxes from communities would affect them. She said the private sector will step up to fill gaps in government spending, prompting comparisons to the administration of Herbert Hoover.
OMB Dir. Donna Arduin argues State fund sources should be combined so Alaskans can understand how money is spent. Senators and Legislative Finance say that would allow more budget games.
The president of the University of Alaska (UA) testified Tuesday, February 19, that budget cuts to the University would damage the Alaska...
Senators' concerns range from the constitutionality of the education cuts to the resulting increase in local taxes. The administration's claims that the budget doesn't raise taxes are "not a fact," they say.