Rep. Kawasaki’s June 23rd Newsletter: Government Shutdown Averted in Compromise Budget

Late last night, the Alaska State House passed a compromise operating budget with a bipartisan vote of 31 to 8. This budget is not ideal, but it is necessary to prevent a government shutdown on July 1 that would have devastated the economy and create unnecessary uncertainty for all Alaskans, visitors and businesses.

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NEWS: Budget Compromise Achieved, Government Shutdown Averted

Juneau – Tonight, to avert the looming government shutdown, the Alaska State Legislature passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget. The compromise budget totals $4.1 billion in Unrestricted General Fund (UGF) spending and sets this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend at $1,100. The K-12 Base Student Allocation (BSA) will be fully funded at $1.2 billion, the same level of funding as the current year. This reverses the $69 million cut to education advanced by the Alaska Senate. 

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Note from Rep. Gara: Government Shutdown: Why It Shouldn’t Happen

I do not believe there will be a government shutdown. Making that prediction true requires that 60 legislators act as statesmen and stateswomen, and that they base their votes on facts, not the fiction some politicians use for a good TV soundbite.

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