The budget language is just the latest attempt by the Dunleavy administration to expand executive power at the expense of the legislature.
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 has promoted natural resource development as an answer to the recession, but his budget hits small business that do just that. Meanwhile, he plans to scrap the Ocean Ranger program that checks cruise industry pollution.
Senate Finance held its first hearing on Senate Bill 7, sponsored by Sen. Peter Micciche, proposing major changes to Alaska's Medicaid System. The requirements have proven problematic in other states.
Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy was tough on crime, heavy on populist rhetoric, and skipped education altogether in his first State of the State address.
Proposals from Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Sen. Bill Wielechowski aim to restore Permanent Fund Dividends from recent years, and are all but sure to face court challenges.
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.
Rural school board members told senators that they have cut everything that they can. Students said it's affecting their lives.