It's a sad day for Alaska.
Last night, the House Majority passed one of the largest budgets in state history - over $12 billion. With no time for review, deliberation, public comment, dialogue or discussion and less than 12 hours before the final day of the special session, the operating budget was introduced as an unheard of
. It was available to the House Majority members Wednesday and shared with the Republican Caucus only a short time before going to a vote late Thursday evening.
This is not what compromise looks like.
The House Majority ran the clock down on negotiations with delays and inaction. They placed their agenda, to fund a bloated state government by taxing the working people of Alaska, above all else. With a shrinking deficit, more oil in the pipeline and strong growth in the permanent fund generating over $15 billion in reserves, we do not need an income tax.
Actions taken last night set a terrible precedent, showed lack of leadership, and bring us no closer to keeping the state functioning after July 1.