Something weird is happening inside the offices of representatives Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) and Zack Fields (D-Anchorage), and no...
Senators expected an economic analysis of Dunleavy's budget cuts. Instead, they got "non-answers" and "gibberish."
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).
House Finance voted to keep forward-funding of public education, but it voted to cut all school bond debt reimbursement.
“Given the current political lay of the land, this bill makes sense. But... the State is going to need new revenue someday,” said Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage).
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.
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.