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“Pears to Apples” Comparison Yields 41 Percent Cut to University

The president of the University of Alaska (UA) testified Tuesday, February 19, that budget cuts to the University...

Dunleavy’s Proposed Constitutional Amendments Propped Up By Bizarre Astroturfing

Something weird is happening inside the offices of representatives Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) and Zack Fields (D-Anchorage), and no...

Dunleavy Budget Plan Would Lead to Less Transparency

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.

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.

“Better Than Netflix”: Senate Finance Votes to Pay Full PFD, Lock Away $12 Billion

“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).

Senators Concerned Education Cuts Will Raise Local Taxes, Violate Laws

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.

More Problematic Nominees Perplex Legislators Tasked with Confirming Them

Two of the governor's nominees faced sharp criticism from lawmakers, questioning ties to a convicted sex offender and ghost-hunting. Yes. Ghost-hunting.

Alaska Ferry System Would End October 1 Under Dunleavy Budget

"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.

ISER Economist Predicts Recession Will Become State’s Worst if Budget Passes

Two economists showed up to a duel. One brought data. The other brought theory.

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.
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