UAA's School of Education lost accreditation for its largest programs. UA President Jim Johnsen called it "a fundamental failure." A long-term fix has not been identified.
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.
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.
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.
Proposed $23 million cuts to education have surprised legislators and school districts alike. Additional cuts to VPSOs undermine Gov. Dunleavy's public safety message.
The biggest outstanding question is how to fill a $1.2 billion deficit generated by a full PFD.
Alaska is still cleaning up the mess an actuary left of the public retirement system. Sen. Bert Stedman used his institutional knowledge to explain the legislature's responses.
House Finance undid most of Dunleavy's structural changes to the budget, making it more transparent, according to Legislative Finance.
Committee members struggled with building a new Denali visitor center when there is a $9 billion backlog of deferred maintenance.