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The House HSS and State Affairs committees are meeting on COVID-19 safety in high-risk state facilities.

It'd be REALLY interesting given state's plan to open Pioneer Homes to visitors but it looks like the administration is a no-show.

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First up was testimony from Marvin Jones, the president of Unite Here, who says hotel workers need better protections, saying there's "a financial pressure to work."

That some hotels have no safety and no training in place to deal with it.

Then they play a video from Unite Here of a call between an employee and someone with the Anchorage Hilton, where the supervisor appears to say if they're asymptomatic that they're fine to come in.

The employee said they had some symptoms and got tested.

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HAPPENING NOW: The House Finance Committee is hearing an update on how funding approved through the federal CARES Act can be spent to help Alaskans impacted by COVID-19.

This document is the basis of today's presentation by the Legislative Finance Division and provides a summary of funding available to Alaskans through the CARES Act:… #akleg
And here's a copy of Legislative Finance Director Pat Pitney's presentation:… #akleg
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(1/x) Some folks have asked why someone infected with coronavirus in Washington state and who died in Washington state is being counted as Alaska's first death from the disease. It's because of how epidemiological statistics work. #akleg #akgov
(2/x) From what I understand, folks who track vital statistics at various states use driver's licenses (and occasionally family claims or voting records) to determine residency.
(3/x) There's something called an "inter-jurisdictional exchange of vital events," which in Alaska takes place weekly. States send other states death certificates for their residents. In this case, it was a Washington death certificate coming to Alaska.
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So #recalldunleavy is on this talking tour saying “we want Alaskans to weigh in on the budget” or “we dont want outsider influences telling us how to run Alaska”

Here’s the thing...

@GovDunleavy was elected just over a year ago. The very first thing he did? He went and hired an outsider budget director, Donna Arduin. He literally started off his term as #akgov by hiring an outsider to manage our budget. He didn’t utilize an Alaskan that’s familiar with...

our unique needs and demands as a state. He hired an outsider with zero understanding of Alaska. We were just line items and numbers to be chopped by someone that was going to pack up and leave once she gutted our budget (which is what ultimately happened).

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The Board of Regents is now hearing from Gov. Dunleavy directly. Follow live on

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Dunleavy, whose budget cut the university by $136M: "What I'd like to say is the university is an integral part of the state. ... The university has been a beneficiary of the state for years. ... Some of us are still living in a belief of $85 to $90 per barrel oil." #akleg
Dunleavy says his Feb. 13 budget "has caused quite a conversation for the state."

He says it's about "a new funding reality for the state" and calls "the game in Juneau about how much funding we can get for services in our districts." #akleg
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Four short years ago, no politician would have thought about taking the PFD without working with Alaskans. For decades, the PFD grew under the protection of the people and benevolent politicians. (1/5) #akleg #akgov
However, today it appears work has been completed by those intent on killing the PFD – representing a major setback for those that believe in following the law and a sustainable government. (2/5) #akleg #akgov
Unfortunately, with this action the PFD is no longer a dividend, but a primary source for government spending and growth. (3/5) #akleg #akgov
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Hey, If every Alaskan went out and bought 12 oz. of weed, the state would generate enough tax revenue to make @GovDunleavy's senseless $440M budget vetoes completely unnecessary!

#AlaskaGrown #ProblemSolved #akleg #akgov

More thoughtful thread below...
In all seriousness, there are a lot of better options than buying weed or vetoing funding for education, seniors, health care, and the most vulnerable Alaskans.
e.g., H.B.132: links the size of the PFD to oil revenue rather than the Permanent Fund's investment earnings. So when oil revenue is high, the PFD will be higher (and vice versa). Right now, oil revenue is low, & the state simply can't afford $1.9B on PFD.…
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1/x More folks Outside are beginning to become aware of @GovDunleavy's #akleg #akgov budget vetoes, so I wanted to create a thread with all the excellent reporting @adndotcom folks have been doing:
2/x On Friday, the governor announced he was using his line-item veto power to cut $444 million in spending as part of a two-year plan to balance the state budget without cutting the Permanent Fund dividend or raising taxes:…
3/x As @teganhanlon explained, one of the biggest recipients of the governor's veto pen was the @UA_System, which lost 41 percent of its state support, or $130 million (plus another $5 million cut by the Alaska Legislature).… #akleg #akgov
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UA Pres. Johnsen now going into budget presentation: "It assumes rationality and the news that we just heard put that assumption, upon which we built this presentation, into serious question. ... Everything is out the window." #akleg #akgov
Johnsen: "This is much more than a substantial reduction." #akleg
Johnsen: "This is twice the most extreme cut we expected." #akleg

They had planned for $60M as worst-case scenario.
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