Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO - Juneau
Once a state makes someone eligible for Medicaid, they’re entitled to receive health care — and their provider is entitled to be paid.
Oil industry representatives say the initiative would hurt the industry.
For the second time, Dunleavy vetoed funding to reimburse municipalities for school construction debt and to pay for Medicaid.
A Recall Dunleavy organizer says the campaign isn’t slowing down after the veto reversals.
Nonprofit leaders have said they’re open to working with the governor. But it’s unclear how the approach will work in practice.
One village leader said the cultures and traditions of Alaska Natives have prepared them to respond to the cuts.
If Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoes the $1,600 PFD the Legislature passed, Alaskans could receive dividends later than normal this year.
Senate Majority Communications Director Daniel McDonald says Birch suffered a heart attack. He says Birch died Wednesday.
If Dunleavy receives the bill on Wednesday, he would have until Aug. 30 to sign it, veto it or issue line-item vetoes.
Between budgets passing and parts being vetoed, the reverse sweep and a divided Legislature, it can be a confusing time. But there are some essential facts that may be helpful to keep in mind.
Tuckerman Babcock stepped down to become a senior policy advisor. And former Senate President Ben Stevens will be the new chief of staff.
The Alaska Legislature passed two major bills on Monday. One would fund the capital budget. Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he’s glad it passed.
Supporters of a full dividend have said the state should follow the formula in a 1982 law, while opponents have said the full amount would put the future of the earnings reserve and dividends at risk.
If the state’s credit rating were to be downgraded, it would raise the interest rate for the government to borrow money.
In a call with reporters, Dunleavy also said Alaskans will want half of whatever earnings the state spends each year. He directed that message at legislators interested in changing the PFD formula.
The House Finance Committee raised its proposal for the permanent fund dividend to sixteen hundred dollars. A new version of a House Bill 2001 setting the dividend amount would also restore funding for most items vetoed by Governor Mike Dunleavy.
The nonpartisan Legislative Finance Division says the numbers in the bill don’t add up — there’s a $102 million gap between projected revenue and expenses if the bill were to pass.