Something weird is happening inside the offices of representatives Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) and Zack Fields (D-Anchorage), and no...
The president of the University of Alaska (UA) testified Tuesday, February 19, that budget cuts to the University...
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.
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.
“By moving this money, we protect it for future generations, and we force the conversation of redefining how the dividend is calculated," said Sen. Natasha von Imhof (R-Anchorage).
"I feel like in the effort to eliminate the cost of parachutes, we didn’t evaluate other methods of getting to the ground before we left the plane without one,” said Sen. Peter Micciche.
Senators' concerns range from the constitutionality of the education cuts to the resulting increase in local taxes. The administration's claims that the budget doesn't raise taxes are "not a fact," they say.
Two of the governor's nominees faced sharp criticism from lawmakers, questioning ties to a convicted sex offender and ghost-hunting. Yes. Ghost-hunting.
Teachers came prepared to talk about budget uncertainty and teacher retention. But Sen. Chris Birch wanted to talk about unions.
Two economists showed up to a duel. One brought data. The other brought theory.