House Finance voted to keep forward-funding of public education, but it voted to cut all school bond debt reimbursement.
Committee members struggled with building a new Denali visitor center when there is a $9 billion backlog of deferred maintenance.
The legislature's counsel is raising questions as to whether or not Gov. Dunleavy's proposed spending cap is a constitutional amendment or revision.
House Finance undid most of Dunleavy's structural changes to the budget, making it more transparent, according to Legislative Finance.
"I value both the individual and the community," Sen. Natasha von Imhof (R-Anchorage) said, arguing for a PFD formula change.
Alaskans have been showing up at listening sessions to vocally oppose Gov. Dunleavy's proposed budget. Tuesday evening, Anchorage residents took to the street.
The House Finance Committee received its final subcommittee reports Tuesday, March 26, including from the departments Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed to cut the deepest.
In total, House subcommittees recommended a $38 million reduction to FY 2019 levels of unrestricted general fund (UGF) spending on agency operations.
Rep. Kelly Merrick (R-Eagle River) said it is offensive to suggest that her votes to cut VPSOs mean she has less regard for public safety in rural Alaska.
Subcommittees restored $700 million for Medicaid and $134 million for the University, while asserting their rights as the appropriating branch of government.