Rep Hannan newsletter 22 August

Temperatures are finally cooling off and the smell of fall is in the air, but it is not cooling off in the Capitol. I want to dedicate this Legislative Update to my thoughts on the budget, the PFD, and where we go from here. I've now been here for eight months and have seen a lot and I have been thinking about Alaska's situation even more.

Here’s what Dunleavy just vetoed…again.

It's been a remarkable year--never have Alaskans come together to defend our state from the existential threat posed by Mike Dunleavy. I don't think there's any question that the recall effort forced the Governor to retreat from many of his initial vetoes. Thanks to Alaskans' activism, we still have a chance to save our University system, and we protected funding for survivors of domestic violence, and for some but not all homeless programs. Unfortunately, Dunleavy is vetoing (for the second time) many programs that are critical for public safety and our civil society. Here's a list of his re-vetoes, including a few low-lights:

Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Governor Makes Vetoes to Operating Budget

On Monday, August 19, Governor Dunleavy approved the operating budget, HB 2001, and accepted the $1,600 Permanent Fund dividend, but made over $200 million in line item vetoes. In passing HB 2001, the legislature sought to restore most of the $444 million that the governor vetoed from the operating budget in June. The governor also announced his plan to call another special session this fall.

Josephson’s Journal – Groundhog Day for Vetoes

On Monday, the Governor signed the Operating Budget (HB 2001, a supplemental Operating Budget). Governor Dunleavy chose to double-down on many of his callous vetoes, while choosing to accept the Legislature’s funding in many areas. Although the re-vetoed items represent over $200 million in programs which Alaskans rely on every day, the Governor chose to back off on about 41% of his vetoes after facing unprecedented public outrage.