House Finance undid most of Dunleavy's structural changes to the budget, making it more transparent, according to Legislative Finance.
The legislature's counsel is raising questions as to whether or not Gov. Dunleavy's proposed spending cap is a constitutional amendment or revision.
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.
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.
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."
In total, House subcommittees recommended a $38 million reduction to FY 2019 levels of unrestricted general fund (UGF) spending on agency operations.
Committee members struggled with building a new Denali visitor center when there is a $9 billion backlog of deferred maintenance.
Gov. Dunleavy's budget would force the State to tap the Permanent Fund if oil prices drop or recession hits, just to be able to pay its bills.
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.
The budget repudiates Dunleavy's plan to end ferry service. It protects replacement funds for the Trusty Tusty and says that if any ferries are sold, proceeds must be deposited in the vessel replacement fund.