House Takes First Steps in Rejection of Dunleavy Budget Cuts

House budget subcommittees are on track to maintain funding for education programs and public assistance, while frustrated minority members staged a walk-out.

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."

Bill Renewing State Immunization Program Clears Second Hurdle in Senate

A bill reauthorizing the statewide immunization program, tasked with purchasing childhood vaccines and some adult vaccines for distribution across the state, has cleared another committee in the Senate.

Senate Dems Say Dunleavy’s Budget Hurts Seniors and Vulnerable Alaskans

The Senate minority will likely have to choose how best to help vulnerable Alaskans -- government programs or the PFD -- to prevent vetoes.

Dunleavy Administration Proposes to Double Rates for Pioneer Homes

Rather than phase in the rate hike, APH decided to "just do it." But OMB tricks make it look like the Pioneer Homes budget is actually growing.

Without Policy Backing, Health Budget Set to Drain State Savings Account

Gov. Dunleavy's DHSS budget is likely to concern seniors and low-income Alaskans who depend on State aid, but the $300 million potential hole spooks legislators, too.

Senate Considers Medicaid Work Requirements Despite Concerning Record

Senate Finance held its first hearing on Senate Bill 7, sponsored by Sen. Peter Micciche, proposing major changes to Alaska's Medicaid System. The requirements have proven problematic in other states.

$1 Billion in Cuts and Still a Structural Deficit: What’s In the New FY...

Gov. Dunleavy campaigned on a limited platform. He stood in support of education, promised to be tough on crime, and argued for a full Permanent Fund dividend. Wednesday, he also said he ran on a platform of fixing the budget.

Dunleavy’s Pick for Marijuana Control Board has ‘Green Rush’ Seeing Red

During a Senate hearing, controversial Marijuana Control Board nominee Vivian Stiver faced vocal opposition from the marijuana industry and its proponents.

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.
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