Rep. Cathy Tilton (R-Wasilla) added a budget amendment barring Medicaid reimbursements for abortions, despite the State Supreme Court striking such restrictions multiple times.
House Finance rejected Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard's (R-Wasilla) attempt to cut an additional $41 million from AMHS and $56 million from the University.
Rep. Ben Carpenter (R-Nikiski) said that rather than fund dyslexia screening, he could check out a library book to learn to recognize dyslexia. He then moved to cut library operations.
House Finance voted to keep forward-funding of public education, but it voted to cut all school bond debt reimbursement.
Committee members struggled with building a new Denali visitor center when there is a $9 billion backlog of deferred maintenance.
The legislature's counsel is raising questions as to whether or not Gov. Dunleavy's proposed spending cap is a constitutional amendment or revision.
House Finance undid most of Dunleavy's structural changes to the budget, making it more transparent, according to Legislative Finance.
"I value both the individual and the community," Sen. Natasha von Imhof (R-Anchorage) said, arguing for a PFD formula change.
Alaskans have been showing up at listening sessions to vocally oppose Gov. Dunleavy's proposed budget. Tuesday evening, Anchorage residents took to the street.
The House Finance Committee received its final subcommittee reports Tuesday, March 26, including from the departments Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed to cut the deepest.