'...it’s hard to comprehend the governor’s decision to ignore more than four decades of legal advice'
JUNEAU – Speaker Louise Stutes released the following statement this afternoon, on the eve of the current special session:
“Members of our coalition voted unanimously in favor of a complete budget and an effective date clause that will keep our state running. We provided for an $1,100 Permanent Fund dividend, the largest we can afford without threatening the fund’s future, while still supporting the services and programs Alaskans need.
It’s clear this budget is enough to avoid a shutdown, and it’s hard to comprehend the governor’s decision to ignore more than four decades of legal advice and longstanding precedent.
However, in light of the governor’s interpretation, the House Majority stands ready to reaffirm our yes votes in hopes that the minority will join us. We can fix this by tomorrow. Both House and Senate leadership will continue negotiations in good faith to find a solution before midnight on Friday. We also maintain our commitment to addressing a comprehensive solution to the PFD during the August special session.”
– House Speaker Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak)