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.
Gov. Dunleavy campaigned on a limited platform. He stood in support of education, promised to be tough on crime, and argued for a full Permanent Fund dividend. Wednesday, he also said he ran on a platform of fixing the budget.
Rural school board members told senators that they have cut everything that they can. Students said it's affecting their lives.
In a House meeting, OMB acknowledged education is not a top priority as they seek $20 million in cuts. The Dunleavy administration may hold the money until the end of the fiscal year if it doesn't get what it wants.
Members of the Senate State Affairs Committee offered a cold reception to Governor Michael J. Dunleavy's proposals aimed at paving the way to a Permanent Fund Dividend payback.
UAA's School of Education lost accreditation for its largest programs. UA President Jim Johnsen called it "a fundamental failure." A long-term fix has not been identified.
Senate Democrats say Gov. Dunleavy is breaking a promise with his proposed $23 million cut to education, but his OMB director is "the one with the hatchet."
Alaska is still cleaning up the mess an actuary left of the public retirement system. Sen. Bert Stedman used his institutional knowledge to explain the legislature's responses.
Proposed $23 million cuts to education have surprised legislators and school districts alike. Additional cuts to VPSOs undermine Gov. Dunleavy's public safety message.
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