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:

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Yes we can have jobs and a large PFD

I never would have expected so many people would come up to me and complain about the PFD over the last year. I get it: Since the Governor is burning down our state for $600 additional dollars in a PFD, many Alaskans have turned against the PFD itself. But the reality is we can have both a healthy economy AND a large PFD…provided we generate reasonable revenue.

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House restores most funds vetoed by Dunleavy

The House just voted to restore most funds vetoed by Governor Dunleavy, and this morning we passed a $1,600 PFD bill that will not drain the Permanent Fund itself. I am optimistic the Senate will restore vetoed funds and a sustainable PFD as well.

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We have not yet begun to fight

The House and Senate are working in coordination to restore funds vetoed by Governor Dunleavy. We cannot allow his sadistic vetoes to send Alaska back into recession, to take shelter away from domestic violence survivors, to defund law enforcement, or to defund early education. Please consider testifying this week as the Finance Committee takes public testimony in Anchorage, the Mat-Su, and Fairbanks.

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Sadistic

It is extraordinarily rare for a public official to enact policies that are designed to inflict pain and suffering. Yet that is precisely what we confront with Mike Dunleavy’s sadistic budget vetoes.

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2019 Session Report

Although our work in Juneau is not yet finished, I wanted to provide a report on the legislative accomplishments that were made during the 31st Legislature. During my time in office, I have fought for a balanced budget, the protection of the Permanent Fund and a sustainable Permanent Fund Dividend, and essential core services like public safety, education, and programs for vulnerable Alaskans.

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