Budget Would Cut Grants That Provide Food and Shelter to Alaskans in Need

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."

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.

“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...

One Last Hurrah?: Senate Passes Full PFD, But Bill Pending to Change Formula

The biggest outstanding question is how to fill a $1.2 billion deficit generated by a full PFD.

First House Budget Amendments Fail to Address Deficit

Most of the amendments were unenforceable intent language offered by Rep. David Eastman (R-Wasilla). They were eventually ruled out of order.

The House Is In Session

On day three of the legislative session, House District 13 has representation and the lower chamber of the Alaska State...

State Debt Overview Puts PFD in the Crosshairs

A presentation by the State debt manager failed to account for PFDs, painting an inaccurately rosy picture of State finances. Senate Finance was having none of it.

Dunleavy Administration Abruptly Privatizes Alaska Psychiatric Institute

DHSS immediately privatized API, handing management to a company with ties to OMB Director Donna Arduin. The move is expected to cost more money, upsetting legislators and API workers.

Senate Democrats Expect Action on Commissioner Who Lied to Committee

John Quick, Commissioner-designee for the Department of Administration, lied to legislators about his background. They await action from Gov. Dunleavy.

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.
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