Last week, the House passed the operating budget, House Bill 39, and identified over $200 million in cuts, such as: $72.9 million in Medicaid efficiencies, $13 million in the Department of Corrections (efficiencies were based on encouraging the use of electronic monitoring and halfway houses in an effort to keep prisoners in-state while saving money), and $14.5 million to the Department of Transportation.Read more
Last Thursday, the House passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) operating budget, with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents voting to pass a budget which aims to protect Alaska’s education, public safety, transportation, and health care programs. While I do not feel that the budget is perfect, it is a great improvement on the budget proposed by the governor two months ago.Read more
The House Health and Social Services Committee is continuing Commissioner-designee Adam Crum’s confirmation hearing today and will again take public testimony. Public testimony is likely going to begin around 3:30pm.Read more
On Thursday, April 11th, the House passed a budget for the State of Alaska. We have spent the last month and a half digging into department budgets, asking critical questions, analyzing impacts of potential cuts, and taking amendments at all levels – in the Subcommittees, in the Full House Finance, and on the Floor. The budget now goes to the Senate. Below are some of the highlights of the passed budget (HB39).Read more
After many hours of deliberation on the House Floor this week, the House passed its version of the operating budget. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. I am hoping that they maintain full funding of education like the House, and prioritize public safety, and maintain the House’s addition of prosecutors. While some cuts were made, I believe the House budget protects our economy from significant private and public job losses, and provides stability to our communities.Read more
On Thursday the House passed the FY20 Operating Budget. The House took a hard look at the budget this year–continuing work that has been done for years to reduce the budget.
Our FY19 operating budget is $838 million smaller (in real dollars) than it was in FY12. The FY20 budget we just passed was another ~$200 million smaller than last year’s.
Great news: We have passed an operating budget through the House, which now will head over to the Senate. I am honored to participate in this process alongside colleagues and friends on both sides of the aisle. All members participated in this budget process, and the budget that passed contains changes from Finance Subcommittees, full House Finance, and the House floor. Here are some highlights:Read more
The House passed an operating budget this week, the House and Senate will meet in joint session to consider the Governor’s appointees next week. That and more in this week’s edition of the Edgmon E-News.Read more