Special Session Cost Alaska At Least $960,018

The special legislative session cost the state at least $960,018.

Legislative Affairs Executive Director Pam Varni said the bulk of that is due to payroll costs, per diem and travel. Per diem equates to $232 a day for the 57 out-of-town lawmakers and $174 day for the three lawmakers from Juneau.

The budget impasse that led to the special session continued for much of the session, resulting in days with no committee meetings and floor sessions that amounted to little more than lawmakers gaveling in and out.

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