Governor follows legislative leadership on some budget items, maintains other damaging cuts

ANCHORAGE – Gov. Mike Dunleavy today signed House Bill 2001 with a series of vetoes that essentially reject the Legislature’s effort to block the most damaging aspects of the governor’s budget.

The governor also accepted the payment of a $1,600 PFD, the maximum amount the State of Alaska can afford without jeopardizing the long-term viability of the Permanent Fund or making the sort of devastating reductions to programs and services that Alaskans rejected in public demonstrations and testimony this year.

Speaker Bryce Edgmon released the following statement:
“In a way, the signing of HB2001 represents good news for Alaskans. We will officially receive a $1,600 dividend, more than we have received in many years since the program’s inception. The governor also decided to follow the Legislature’s leadership and restore programs and services that are essential to elders and children across our state. At the same time, the governor made many cuts without analysis to determine impacts on people and our economy, and he continues to perpetuate the myth that we can afford the largest PFD in history without significant negative consequences.”
House Speaker Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham)

CONTACT
Austin Baird
Communications Director, Alaska House Majority
(907) 465-9716
Austin.Baird@akleg.gov