Governor’s Vetoes: What are your thoughts?

Tonight, July 8th, at 5pm, I will be hosting a town hall in both Ketchikan and Wrangell to hear your thoughts on the Governor’s proposed budget vetoes and how the legislature should respond. I will be in Juneau because of the Session, but will be teleconferenced in to both locations so that I can hear directly from you.

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Dan’s Dispatch July 2, 2019

On Friday, the Governor vetoed 182 items from the FY20 Operating Budget. Although signing the budget before July 1 prevented a government shut down, the cuts are vast and in some cases deep, particularly in the University of Alaska budget.

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House Majority: Governor’s budget vetoes present imminent threat to Alaskans, economy

JUNEAU – Gov. Mike Dunleavy today issued budget vetoes that present an imminent threat to our economy and to all Alaskans, while continuing to fail to address the root cause of our state’s financial problems.
Speaker Bryce Edgmon released the following statement in response:
“The Legislature presented Governor Dunleavy with a responsible operating budget that struck a balance between protecting essential services and making tough but necessary budget cuts. Today, the governor made major vetoes that will have drastic, negative impacts on all Alaskans.

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Legislative group starts work on the future of the Permanent Fund

JUNEAU – A group of legislators started work today on exploring the future of the Alaska Permanent Fund in an era of declining state revenues. The effort comes as the legislature and the governor wrestle with the size of this year’s permanent fund dividend and how to pay for future state budgets.

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The Legislature Passed a Budget

Adjusted for inflation and population, the budget is the lowest it has been in 15 years, since 2005. It is a reduction of $190 million from last year. The budget is $4.3 billion in Unrestricted General Funds (UGF) for agency and statewide operations. We did not dip into savings; in fact, we have an approximately $600 million surplus. However, as discussed below, it does not include the dividend. It is now headed to the Governor’s desk. The Capital Budget is still being discussed.

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