The only scenario considered Thursday that balances the budget, maintains government services, grows savings, and pays a $2,000+ PFD is Sen. Bill Wielechowski's (D-Anchorage) repeal of per-barrel oil tax credits.
Legislative Finance Director David Teal said the House budget is not a "doomsday scenario." It's actually more "sustainable, predictable, and affordable" than Dunleavy's plan.
A new committee substitute adopted Monday preserves K-12 funding and school bond debt reimbursement. The House sought to cut the latter by 50 percent.
Senate Finance Introduces Statutory Spending Cap, Hinting Movement Away from a Constitutional Amendment
Sen. Natasha von Imhof introduced a statutory spending cap in Senate Finance, hinting that the legislature might prefer stopping short of Gov. Dunleavy's preferred method of a constitutional amendment.
The House passed the operating budget along caucus lines Thursday, April 11, after restoring funding for a State dairy inspector and school bond debt reimbursement.
The House debated substantive amendments to the operating budget Wednesday, April 10, rejecting cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System and Medicaid.
Most of the amendments were unenforceable intent language offered by Rep. David Eastman (R-Wasilla). They were eventually ruled out of order.
Rep. Cathy Tilton (R-Wasilla) added a budget amendment barring Medicaid reimbursements for abortions, despite the State Supreme Court striking such restrictions multiple times.
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.