Friday, June 23, 2017
Alaska Legislature Averts Shutdown
Alaska Legislature averts shutdown with nine days to spare
By James Brooks, Morris News Service-Alaska/Juneau Empire, Fri, 06/23/2017 - 9:02am
With nine days to spare, the Alaska Legislature has averted a statewide government shutdown.
At afternoon, a joint House-Senate conference committee approved a compromise budget that funds state government past using savings from Alaska’s Constitutional Budget Reserve.
The Senate voted 16-1 just before to approve the deal, and the House followed suit, 31-8, just after
“This is very much a compromise budget, and that’s what we’ve been down here working on,” said Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer and House chairman of the conference committee.
“No one got what they fully wanted. We had to concede; they had to concede, and we came up with this compromise package,” said Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel and Senate chairman of the conference committee…
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