It is likely that the version of SB 103 that emerges from Senate Rules will tilt the POMV split more toward government services.
Alaskans testified against cuts to ferries, public transportation, and housing assistance.
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.
Even a small budget cut can take food and shelter from vulnerable Alaskans. Sen. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) announced, "I'm actually happy to see a cut here."
Proposed $23 million cuts to education have surprised legislators and school districts alike. Additional cuts to VPSOs undermine Gov. Dunleavy's public safety message.
The budget language is just the latest attempt by the Dunleavy administration to expand executive power at the expense of the legislature.
The House passed the operating budget along caucus lines Thursday, April 11, after restoring funding for a State dairy inspector and school bond debt reimbursement.
The surprise nomination of Rep. Gary Knopp (R-Kenai) for speaker of the House failed, but the scars will complicate Republican efforts to form a majority during this legislature.
During a Senate hearing, controversial Marijuana Control Board nominee Vivian Stiver faced vocal opposition from the marijuana industry and its proponents.