Alaska Legislature

Rep. Chuck Kopp, R-Anchorage, listens during a House floor session Sunday, July 21, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Chuck Kopp, R-Anchorage, listens during a House floor session Sunday, July 21, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Capitol Live: House ‘Reverse sweep’ vote falls short
Capitol Live: House ‘Reverse sweep’ vote falls short
Legislators use ‘symbolic’ vote to deliver verbal smackdown to vetoes
Legislators use ‘symbolic’ vote to deliver verbal smackdown to vetoes
Capitol Live: Veto override vote fails
Capitol Live: Veto override vote fails
Even ‘right-leaning’ groups, bankers and builders are calling for an override
Even ‘right-leaning’ groups, bankers and builders are calling for an override
Senate Finance member Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, center, studies the FY20 Budget during a Senate Finance Committee meeting at the Capitol on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, left, and Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, right, listen in the background. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Senate Finance member Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, center, studies the FY20 Budget during a Senate Finance Committee meeting at the Capitol on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, left, and Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, right, listen in the background. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Capitol Live: There may not be enough lawmakers in Juneau to override vetoes
Capitol Live: There may not be enough lawmakers in Juneau to override vetoes
Special session starts with a manic Monday
Special session starts with a manic Monday
Freshman legislators Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau; Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau; and Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau; reflected on what’s happened so far during a regular and special session and what they’re looking forward to working on next. (Michael Penn| Juneau Empire File)
Freshman legislators Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau; Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau; and Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau; reflected on what’s happened so far during a regular and special session and what they’re looking forward to working on next. (Michael Penn| Juneau Empire File)
University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen in 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: State’s budget climate puts value of Alaska’s higher education at risk

Thousands of students could be affected by a governor veto.

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen in 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Long-running, high-profile Grussendorf sex abuse case comes to conclusion
Long-running, high-profile Grussendorf sex abuse case comes to conclusion
Live: Ferries take center stage at Story town hall

Live: Ferries take center stage at Story town hall

Freshman legislator talks about her first session.

Live: Ferries take center stage at Story town hall
Slow trickle of state jobs out of Juneau continues
Slow trickle of state jobs out of Juneau continues
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, holds a town hall meeting at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, holds a town hall meeting at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Legislators will collect pay despite not finishing budget on time
Legislators will collect pay despite not finishing budget on time
One session ends as another one is set outside Juneau
One session ends as another one is set outside Juneau
Capitol Live: Governor announces date, location for special session
Capitol Live: Governor announces date, location for special session
Group of legislators wants to take ‘emotional debate’ out of Permanent Fund
Group of legislators wants to take ‘emotional debate’ out of Permanent Fund
Capitol Live: Legislators try to fit PFD into final budget bill
Capitol Live: Legislators try to fit PFD into final budget bill
Another special session beckons as PFD vote fails

Another special session beckons as PFD vote fails

Long-term questions are also unanswered.

Another special session beckons as PFD vote fails