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. Michael J. Dunleavy was tough on crime, heavy on populist rhetoric, and skipped education altogether in his first State of the State address.
John Quick, commissioner-designee for the Department of Administration, had little to offer senators Tuesday, except "efficiencies." They moved his nomination to the next step anyway.
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.
Declining oil prices and larger proposed PFDs have legislators facing a $1.6 billion deficit. New PFD bills from Gov. Mike Dunleavy would increase the deficit to $2.2 billion.