Pre-K Survives Cuts, While Medicaid Sustains a Compromise Reduction

Rep. Ben Carpenter (R-Nikiski) said that rather than fund dyslexia screening, he could check out a library book to learn to recognize dyslexia. He then moved to cut library operations.

Most Dunleavy Cuts Held at Bay in First Day of House Finance Amendments

House Finance voted to keep forward-funding of public education, but it voted to cut all school bond debt reimbursement.

Bill Would Extend Moratorium on New School Construction Reimbursement

“I’m likely to support this bill, but I want it clear that I do it with sadness because I think there’s been a lack of resolve since 2015 to have a comprehensive fiscal plan,” Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) said.

Budget Substitute Forward-Funds Education, Doesn’t Address PFD

House Finance undid most of Dunleavy's structural changes to the budget, making it more transparent, according to Legislative Finance.

House Finance Wraps Up Budget Subcommittee Reports, Public Testimony

The House Finance Committee received its final subcommittee reports Tuesday, March 26, including from the departments Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed to cut the deepest.

Subcommittees Restore Funding For Medicaid, University

Subcommittees restored $700 million for Medicaid and $134 million for the University, while asserting their rights as the appropriating branch of government.

House Takes First Steps in Rejection of Dunleavy Budget Cuts

House budget subcommittees are on track to maintain funding for education programs and public assistance, while frustrated minority members staged a walk-out.

Teachers Say Constitutional Amendment Would Improve Retention, Student Outcomes

Teachers came prepared to talk about budget uncertainty and teacher retention. But Sen. Chris Birch wanted to talk about unions.

Education Formula Means Dunleavy’s Cuts Deeper Than They First Appear

Sixty percent of teachers cut. Property tax increases of 33 percent. Nearly 30 Kindergarteners per classroom. These are some of the options school districts are considering to deal with education cuts in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s FY 2020 budget.

Legislature’s Expert Wonders if Dunleavy Budget Designed to “Create Chaos”

David Teal speculated that, despite messaging, the deep cuts in Dunleavy's budget could be a deliberate attempt to get people to accept smaller PFDs.
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