Pre-K Survives Cuts, While Medicaid Sustains a Compromise Reduction

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.

Dunleavy Budget Plan Would Lead to Less Transparency

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.

“Better Than Netflix”: Senate Finance Votes to Pay Full PFD, Lock Away $12 Billion

“By moving this money, we protect it for future generations, and we force the conversation of redefining how the dividend is calculated," said Sen. Natasha von Imhof (R-Anchorage).

House Takes First Steps in Rejection of Dunleavy Budget Cuts

House budget subcommittees are on track to maintain funding for education programs and public assistance, while frustrated minority members staged a walk-out.

Senators Concerned Education Cuts Will Raise Local Taxes, Violate Laws

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.

Busy Day in the House Sees Funding for Multiple Programs Restored

Take a deep dive into the legislature's busiest day to learn which programs House subcommittees restored.

$1 Billion in Cuts and Still a Structural Deficit: What’s In the New FY...

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.

ISER Economist Predicts Recession Will Become State’s Worst if Budget Passes

Two economists showed up to a duel. One brought data. The other brought theory.

House Members Hammer OMB Director for Education Cuts

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.

Without Policy Backing, Health Budget Set to Drain State Savings Account

Gov. Dunleavy's DHSS budget is likely to concern seniors and low-income Alaskans who depend on State aid, but the $300 million potential hole spooks legislators, too.
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