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Ahead of special session, Alaska lawmakers consider phasing in PFD changes along with new revenue

The Alaska Legislature has nine days to go before the scheduled start of a special session. And it’s not yet clear whether a working group of lawmakers will recommend proposals the rest can consider during the session. 
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Alaskans will have chance to weigh in on long-term budget changes, starting next week

Alaskans will soon have a chance to weigh in with what changes to state taxes, services or permanent fund dividends they would like to see in the long term.
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The Guardian reports Alaska assistant attorney general behind racist, anti-semitic and homophobic posts

The Alaska Department of Law is looking into allegations that Assistant Attorney General Matthias Cicotte posted racist, anti-semitic and homophobic comments on social media.
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The long backstory behind Alaska House minority caucus votes on PFD, shutdown

While the approach of the Alaska House Republican minority caucus is new, it’s rooted in frustrations building among some Republican legislators and voters for years.
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AFN, others sue Dunleavy over cuts to rural energy program

The Alaska Federation of Natives and other organizations, municipalities and rural power providers sued Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration on Monday to keep the funding that helps lower power costs in high-cost areas.
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Mat-Su had a large number of excess deaths last year, raising questions about COVID-19 reporting

The Mat-Su Borough had the country’s lowest number of reported COVID-19 deaths compared to the number of people who died in the borough beyond what would normally be expected, according to recently published analysis.
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Dunleavy’s per diem veto over PFD situation raises concerns for Legislature

Some lawmakers say Gov. Mike Dunleavy's veto of nearly $300 per day of living expenses for legislators over a PFD fight sets a dangerous precedent that could limit the number of Alaskans who could afford to be legislators.
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Anchorage judge Jennifer Stuart Henderson to be newest Alaska Supreme Court justice

Dunleavy appointed Henderson six days after asking the Alaska Judicial Council for a new slate of nominees.
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Budget working group aims for compromises that have eluded Alaska Legislature for years

The working group may consider changing the formula for setting permanent fund dividends, lowering the maximum amount that the state government can spend and raising new or higher taxes.
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Protected portion of Alaska Permanent Fund grows by $4B thanks to apparent mistake

Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he was going to veto the transfer. But his office failed to cross out the lines in the actual budget bill delivered back to the Legislature.
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Dunleavy vetoes PFD funding from state budget, says dividends must be funded in special session

Dunleavy announced the veto as part of a larger list of line-item vetoes he announced on Thursday, a day after he signed the budget.

Gov. Dunleavy requests new nominees for Alaska Supreme Court seat

In a letter to the council, Dunleavy wrote “the slate of candidates put forward could be expanded to reflect the balance and diversity in philosophy and Alaskan experience requisite to adequately make a fair choice for the people of Alaska.”
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Programs for lower electricity costs and scholarships still unfunded in state budget

Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed the state budget late Wednesday afternoon. But programs to lower the cost of electricity in high-cost areas and to pay for university scholarships won’t be funded starting on Thursday.

Alaska lawmakers voted to avert a shutdown this week, but it almost didn’t happen

And legislators have said successful communication will be important this summer. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has charged the Legislature with coming up with a long-term solution for the state budget. But the vote on the shutdown didn’t go smoothly. It almost didn’t happen.
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Alaska House votes to avert government shutdown

House Speaker Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, said Monday's vote will likely come as a relief to many, including the state workers who would've gotten laid off under a shutdown.
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Alaska House speaker expresses confidence in effort to avert shutdown

Alaska House Speaker Louise Stutes expressed confidence on Friday that the House will vote on Monday to avert much of state government shutting down, which could happen on July 1.

Here’s which Alaska services would stop if the state government shuts down next week

The House Finance Committee heard on Thursday from industry leaders who expressed concern about the impact of a shutdown on the private sector.
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Dunleavy introduces new budget bill as legislators try to avoid government shutdown

A new version of the state budget from Gov. Mike Dunleavy would set the Permanent Fund dividend at roughly $2,350, but it would draw more than planned from Permanent Fund earnings.
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Alaska’s second legislative special session starts with looming government shutdown

State officials are assessing which state services will continue and which will cease if the government shuts down on July 1, according to a spokesperson for the governor.
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Here’s what you need to know about the Legislature’s stalled budget process

The Alaska legislative special session ended on Friday without an agreement to avoid a state government shutdown on July 1. Gov. Mike Dunleavy called the Legislature back into a new special session to start on Wednesday, June 23, with the goal of reaching agreement.