NEWS: Alaska’s Budget Should Reflect Alaskans’ Values

Juneau – Today, Alaska Governor Dunleavy unveiled his Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal, which includes $1.6 billion in cuts. The Governor ran for office on a message of restoring trust in government, and yet the process used by the Dunleavy administration to develop the budget lacked transparency at every level.

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NEWS: Alaska Governor Legally Obligated to Accept Federal Funds for Medicaid Expansion

Juneau – Today, Representatives Tiffany Zulkosky (D-Bethel), Zack Fields (D-Anchorage), and Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage) released a memorandum from the non-partisan Division of Legal and Research Services confirming that the Governor of Alaska is legally obligated to accept federal funding to cover the Medicaid expansion population in Alaska. The memo’s authors note that the governor cannot simply eliminate funding for Medicaid expansion by refusing to receive federal funds. The memo goes on to stipulate that any restriction on how Medicaid funds are to be spent must be made by statute – not the budget.

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