Budget Whiplash: Cut, then funded, then vetoed, then funded again, and now vetoed again…

I’m calling this the Budget Whiplash Edition. So many important items in our state operating budget have been proposed to be cut, then funded by the legislature, then vetoed by the Governor, then re-funded by the legislature, only to be vetoed again. Who can keep up? This is no way to run a state. It’s not ok that the budget is being signed in late August, again with major implications and lasting changes for Alaskans. While it’s not all bad news, there are reasons to be concerned.

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2,442 emails: 2,378 oppose vetoes, 64 support vetoes

I wish I were writing to you from Anchorage with our work here in Juneau completed and some certainty to the outcome. I’m sorry that isn’t the case today. The press coverage has been extensive, but let me try and walk you through the remaining issues all being weighted down by the disagreement over the size of the PFD.

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Governor Dunleavy’s message: Alaska is Closed for Business

We are all in shock and still reading through the devastating vetoes from Governor Dunleavy and his out of touch, been in Alaska for six months OMB Director. Their message is clear – Alaska is closed for business. From devastating cuts to education that mean our workforce will be less prepared to eliminating important programs that support development of our agriculture industry to getting rid of the Ocean Ranger Program that works to keep our water safe for fish and supports our tourism industry, all the cuts scream that Alaska is closed for business.

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Please join me for a Constituent Coffee Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 am at Yes Bistro.

Things have moved quickly here in Juneau and yesterday a compromise bill on public safety was passed by the joint Conference Committee of three members from the House and three members from the Senate. We literally have a few day break while the staff at the Legislative Legal Department drafts the bill. When HB 49 was passed quickly out of the Senate there were some errors in the bill and now that we are in the final version of the bill it is critical that many eyes approve this almost 100 page document.

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