The House Majority has adjourned the first special session sine die, ending the session without any answers on the Permanent Fund Dividend, funding sources for the capital budget, or K-12 education funding for FY 2020.
“Let me be clear: we are not even close to being finished with the people’s work,” said Rep. Lance Pruitt (R-Anchorage), House Minority Leader. “The House Majority has wasted months of legislative time this year, and now they’re forcing Alaskans to pay for yet another special session so they can continue their delay of necessary government spending reform. Adjourning without answering these important questions is a grave miscarriage of the people’s trust, and I, for one, am extremely disappointed.”
He added: “We offered solutions to these questions months ago. They decided to start the conversation after 149 days.”
Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, today released the following statement on the conclusion of the first special session of the 31st Alaska Legislature.
“This Legislature passed the smallest operating budget in more than a decade, made the largest single deposit into the Permanent Fund in history, and strengthened our criminal laws by repealing and replacing Senate Bill 91, but the people’s work is not finished.
“We are committed to working with our colleagues in the House, and the governor, to fully fund a capital budget and reach agreement on the Permanent Fund dividend. As stewards of Alaska’s vast resources, it’s critical we act in the best interest of all Alaskans, including those not yet born.”
Lawmakers earlier this week established an 8-member bicameral Permanent Fund Working Group, an effort to find a long-term fiscal solution for Alaska and a durable plan for use of earnings from the Permanent Fund.