Earlier this week, the Alaska House of Representative passed the operating budget. It took the House 43 days of session to pass the budget, which is the fastest we have passed one since 1993. I am proud with how quickly, efficiently, and cooperatively we worked to get it done.
Each session, the Legislature’s biggest responsibility is to pass a budget for the State of Alaska. The House Budget Subcommittees – which examine the details of each department budget – have finished their budget recommendations. I serve as Chair of three budget subcommittees, and we submitted the following budget actions to the House Finance Committee for further review.
Last week, the Governor published his fiscal year 2020 Supplemental Budget. The $262.5 million dollar supplemental budget primarily addresses gaps in funding, such as this year’s costly wildfire season and Medicaid expenses that surpassed the administration’s FY2020 expectations. Below is a breakdown of increments requested by the Governor:
The Alaska State Legislature is gavelling into session today at 1:00pm. As session gets underway, the best way to keep up-to-date is through www.akleg.gov. From there, you can watch committee meetings, track bills, and check the legislative schedule. You can watch Floor Sessions on Gavel Alaska. And of course, I will be sending out email newsletters every few weeks with updates.
On Monday, August 19th, Governor Dunleavy released his full list of Special Session budget vetoes. The Alaska Legislature passed two special session budget bills in July with the primary intention of restoring the Governor’s original vetoes and protecting certain funding sources, such as the Higher Education Investment Fund and the Power Cost Equalization Fund.
Yesterday, the Legislature passed our Special Session budget bills, SB 2002 and HB 2001. These ’round two’ budgets include funding for programs and items that the Governor vetoed earlier this summer. Below is an overview of these budgets.
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.