Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Labor Day Celebration & University Reorganization Meetings

For many, Labor Day represents the end of summer and the start of the school year. On Monday, let’s pay tribute to the contributions workers have made to the prosperity and well-being of our country by remembering the origins of the holiday, the history of the labor movement, the strength and diversity in our nation’s workers, and their social and economic achievements.

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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.

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

On Tuesday, August 6 at 11:59 PM, the second special session ended after the legislature voted to restore essential programs and services. On Thursday, August 8, Governor Dunleavy signed the capital budget, Senate Bill 2002, into law. But the governor included more than $30 million in line item vetoes to SB 2002, including cuts to homeless services, drug treatment, and public safety.

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