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Rep. Delena Johnson, R-Palmer, speaks in support of Rep David Eastman’s, R-Wasilla, amendment to allocate a $3,000 PFD on Thursday, July 25, 2019. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Capitol Live: House passes bill for $1,600 PFD, adjourns until Friday

The House has voted for HB 2003, which appropriates a $1,600 PFD. This bill is subject to veto by Gov. Mike Dunleavy who has made… Continue reading

Rep. Delena Johnson, R-Palmer, speaks in support of Rep David Eastman’s, R-Wasilla, amendment to allocate a $3,000 PFD on Thursday, July 25, 2019. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Ferry workers go on strike

They’re not happy.

House Finance Committee Co-Chairs Neal Foster, D-Nome, and Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage, speaks to members of the media during an at ease in a House session at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
House Finance Committee Co-Chairs Neal Foster, D-Nome, and Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage, speaks to members of the media during an at ease in a House session at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Alaska House of Representatives takes a brief at ease during a floor meeting on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Peter Segall|Juneau Empire)

Capitol Live: House reconvenes to discuss PFD

Live updates from the Capitol

The Alaska House of Representatives takes a brief at ease during a floor meeting on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Peter Segall|Juneau Empire)
Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau, speaks in favor of HB 2002 on a reconsideration vote at the Capitol on Monday, July 22, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Capitol Live: House again fails to fund bill, reverse sweep

House falls one vote short of funding HB 2002

Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau, speaks in favor of HB 2002 on a reconsideration vote at the Capitol on Monday, July 22, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai, right, questions Donna Arduin, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, center, as Rep. Bart LeBon, R-Fairbanks, listens during a House Finance Committee meeting on HB 2002 at the Capitol on Thursday, July 18, 2019.(Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

For second day in a row, legislature tackles ‘the sweep’

Finance Committees try to wrap their heads around technical budget details

Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai, right, questions Donna Arduin, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, center, as Rep. Bart LeBon, R-Fairbanks, listens during a House Finance Committee meeting on HB 2002 at the Capitol on Thursday, July 18, 2019.(Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, center, speaks with House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, as Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, prepares to gavel into session at the Capitol on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Legislature comes back together, but uncertainty remains

A final agreement on a revised budget seems far off.

Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, center, speaks with House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, as Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, prepares to gavel into session at the Capitol on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Budget wonks try to explain ‘the sweep’

Senate Finance Committee spends afternoon slogging through legal and technical details

Kiehl to Chamber: Vetoes went ‘too far, too fast’

Juneau’s senator talks politics with local business leaders.

Update: Governor calls special session to meet in Juneau

Gov. Dunleavy has called all legislators to Juneau to finish the special session.

Alyson Currey gives testimony on HB 2001 in the House Finance Committee room as Marc Wheeler, left, waits his turn at the Capitol on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. The committee is meeting in Wasilla and taking testimony telephonically from around the state. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Alyson Currey gives testimony on HB 2001 in the House Finance Committee room as Marc Wheeler, left, waits his turn at the Capitol on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. The committee is meeting in Wasilla and taking testimony telephonically from around the state. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alyse Galvin announces bid for Congress

It will be her second bid trying to unseat Don Young.

Rep. Sara Hannan, R-Juneau, speaks during a town hall meeting at the Douglas Public Library in Monday, July 15, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Sara Hannan, R-Juneau, speaks during a town hall meeting at the Douglas Public Library in Monday, July 15, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Financial exigency delayed, but drastic changes ahead for University of Alaska

One thing is clear: the University of Alaska of the future will not look like it does now.

Rep. Sara Hannan, R-Juneau, speaks during a town hall meeting at the Douglas Public Library in Monday, July 15, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Sara Hannan, R-Juneau, speaks during a town hall meeting at the Douglas Public Library in Monday, July 15, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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CapLive: Press meeting in Speaker’s chambers

Summary: Edgmon says that these cuts are too deep and too devastating to be ignored. Legislators will have to come together one way or another.… Continue reading