On Monday, the Alaska House of Representatives took a handful of votes to avert a state government shutdown at the end of the month. The most significant vote taken was to allow the state operating budget to take effect on July 1. The budget has been sent to Governor Dunleavy for his signature. The Governor issued a statement confirming that he will sign the budget to keep Alaska open for business.
As part of the deal to avert a government shutdown, a bipartisan working group will be appointed to develop a fiscal plan for the State of Alaska. That plan will be considered during the next special session, which is scheduled to start on August 2.
For years, I've been advocating for a comprehensive fiscal plan and I'm encouraged to see reluctant members of both parties come to the realization that now is the time to reach bipartisan solutions. I'm cautiously optimistic that in August the members of the Alaska Legislature will come together and work cooperatively on real solutions to make Alaska a better place to live, work, and play.
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