"I value both the individual and the community," Sen. Natasha von Imhof (R-Anchorage) said, arguing for a PFD formula change.
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.
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.
Even a small budget cut can take food and shelter from vulnerable Alaskans. Sen. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) announced, "I'm actually happy to see a cut here."
The legislature's counsel is raising questions as to whether or not Gov. Dunleavy's proposed spending cap is a constitutional amendment or revision.
Senators expected an economic analysis of Dunleavy's budget cuts. Instead, they got "non-answers" and "gibberish."
It is likely that the version of SB 103 that emerges from Senate Rules will tilt the POMV split more toward government services.
The House debated substantive amendments to the operating budget Wednesday, April 10, rejecting cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System and Medicaid.
Alaskans have been showing up at listening sessions to vocally oppose Gov. Dunleavy's proposed budget. Tuesday evening, Anchorage residents took to the street.