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The governor has signed the final fiscal year 2023 budget and made vetoes. Sadly, the vetoes include:
- $62.5M in school capital projects
- $22.5M for capital projects across Alaska
- $27M in deferred maintenance for the @UA_System
- $10.5M for the Alaska Long Trail 1/
@UA_System - $6M for a traffic signal at Tudor and Patterson Street
-$4.3M for Food Bank of Alaska
- $4M for the Child Care Program
- $4M for the Alaska Housing Trust
- $2.95M for Alaska Primary Care Association's Healthcare Workforce development
- $2.6M for other workforce development
@UA_System - $1.5M for Alaska Public Broadcasting
- $1.5M from the University of Alaska
- $1.5M from grants for Senior and Disabilities Services
- $1.3M in federal funds allocated to the Muldoon Library
- $790,000 in Medicaid funding for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery services 3/
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Oh good the Heartland Institute is testifying in support of Lora's egregiously unconstitutional online censorship bill. #akleg Image
He's complaining that Facebook is fact checking and shadow banning Heartland Institutes posts.
Facebook can do whatever it wants. Don't like it, don't use it!
James Taylor the president of the Heartland Institute is as wrong about climate change as he is about the first amendment.
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Alright yall! I'm gonna be livetweeting the #akleg Senate Education Committee hearing on the transphobic and creepy SB 140.

Because transphobia ruins weekends.
Called in early just now and got in line! I’d recommend calling ASAP because there’s likely gonna be a lot of people. Here are all the numbers for across the state: #akleg
You can watch the livestream by going to: and clicking the "Live Now" link. The livestream is a little delayed so I usually mute it and listen on my phone while watching. #akleg
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The hearing is starting now…

Costello, Hughes, Reinbold, and Wilson all present. Begich absent for this circus Image
Reinbold starts by calling the bill a tsunami with so much public testimony. She also has the global alliance doctors on line

After reading through the public testimony it's a lot of repeats from the same people. #akleg
Lora says we take an oath to defend liberties, not businesses or big pharma.
I guess Lora's no longer pro-business?
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There will be another hearing on Reinbolds vaccine discrimination hearing today at 1:30. Here are some of the people that have written in support of this bill. #akleg
Dr. Janet Abadir is a surgeon for Providence based in Kodiak Island Image
Desiree Cook is a soon to be UAA Nursing School graduate Image
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The House Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee is underway with its Oath Keepers Informational hearing. They're hosting the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism and George Washington University's Program on Extremism.

Not exactly the best-attended hearing so far. None of the Republicans—who've so far voted in defense of Rep. David Eastman, a member of the Oath Keepers—are present currently.
First up is Alex Friedfeld, an investigative
researcher from the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism.

He's going over the Oath Keepers' involvement in Jan. 6 and is explaining the deep state conspiracies fueling the militia movement, noting that anti-vax is a key part.
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Some after-the-credits action in the House, Rep. Hopkins moves that the Sense of the House be adopted. There's a flurry of objections from Republicans so a pretty good guess about what it's about.


Rep. Kurka says it's "clearly engaging in personalities."

Followed by an at-ease.
Following the at-ease, House Speaker Stutes says his concerns are "duly noted" and refers the Sense of the House to the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Which gets an objection from Eastman and another at-ease.
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The 2022 Alaska State of the Judiciary is underway. Delivering his first State of the State is Chief Justice Daniel Winfree. He notes it may be his last given the age limits for the Alaska Supreme Court.…

Winfree: I was one of the young ones 50 years ago criticizing the establishment and now I'm part of the establishment. I find myself wondering why we haven't made more progress.
Winfree is the first Alaska-born Supreme Court Chief Justice, has experienced all the political establishments and governors, the good and the bad.

"Alaska still stands."
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The House floor is underway. Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson was in the gallery. Also Reps. Eastman and Kurka introduced a move-the-capitol-to-Willow bill that got tagged with three committees of referral.

First on the legislation agenda is Rep. Zulkosky's HB198, establishing Sept. 10 as Alaska Community Health Aide Appreciation Day. As introduction, she's talking about the importance of health aides provide care throughout the state.
Rep. Zulkosky said in her opening comments that Sept. 10 was picked because it was the first planning and advisory committee meeting in 1973.

In questions, Rep. Eastman asks why Sept. 10.

Rep. Zulkosky repeats the explanation in closing.
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Today's the State of the Judiciary at 11 a.m.

But first, the House Education Committee is holding a hearing with the free/reduced tuition for essential workers bill. It's set to gavel out for the House floor session at 10 and resume at 330.…

SB10 by Sen. Tom Begich passed out of the Senate last year on a 12-7 vote. He starts off by noting that the bill needs to be updated since it was written for last year.

He says providing these opportunities could be "potentially life-changing" for frontline workers.
Begich: "It's clear that there's been a wildly uneven recovery."

He says this could give frontline workers a "hand up as the dust settles." Then talks about some of the earning power of higher education and technical training.
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Over in the Senate floor, they're working through amendments on Senate Bill 9. It's Senate President Peter Micciche's long-delayed alcohol law rewrite.



Amendment 1 was by Sen. Kiehl. It would've loosened the strict population limits the bill would place on tasting rooms (effectively closing many markets to any new entrants) but he says in the interest of trying to get this bill—which was first introduced in 2015—he withdraws it. Image
And now a little at ease, as a treat. Image
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The trial over the Higher Education Investment Fund is underway. The case was brought by several University of Alaska students challenging Gov. Dunleavy's sweep of the fund set up by the #akleg to fund scholarships (and later WWAMI).

The main argument here, as I understand, is the original appropriation setting up the fund is still valid and therefore it's out of reach out of the constitutional budget reserve sweep.

Dunleavy argues it should be funded ad hoc each year, competing with other spending.
Former Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth is handling the oral arguments for the plaintiffs. She's outlining the legal argument that the funds have not lapsed.

She says it's the only one consistent with the plain language of the Alaska Constitution and precedent.
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Would you like to get this guy expelled from the Alaska State legislature? Here’s what you can do Monday to help! (Be sure to retweet this whole thread, to begin with!)

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If you don’t know who your legislator is, find them on this website:…. You’re look for your State House (not State Senate) representative.

Monday, let’s target members of the House Majority (plus un-caucused @sararasmussenak , my own representative). The Minority will get their turn in the barrel, I promise.

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Day three of the Alaska Redistricting Board trial is underway. Today, they're getting into the Valdez witnesses today. If they get through Valdez, they'll start with intervenor (Doyon, Limited group) witnesses.

#akleg #akredistrict

Here's Day 1 (East Anchorage):…

Here's Day 2 (Mat-Su):…
Right off the bat, they're starting off with a dispute about when plaintiffs will get to do cross examination of the board witnesses. It sounds like the potential of having them today is catching some plaintiffs by surprise.
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I'm tracking redistricting, but a really interesting presentation over in House Finance right now. Currently meeting with the Alaska Permanent Fund consultants, Callan and Associates, talking about risk modeling and ad hoc draws on the fund.

It's important because there's concern that following the firing of Executive Director Angela Rodell, the fund's Board of Trustees may opt for a riskier investment strategy and break with rules-based approach for payouts to government.
Earlier, Greg Allen of Callan and Associates said the fund's draw—5% POMV—is about right in terms of potential risk when you consider the growth and annual inflation.
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It's trial day for the Mat-Su Borough/MSB Manager Brown's challenge to the Alaska Redistricting Board. They've got two main points:

We don't like Valdez; they don't like us.
You crammed too many voters into Mat-Su districts.


#akleg #akredistrict
They'll also get an out-of-order witness from the Valdez case, Valdez Mayor Sharon Scheidt.

The Redistricting Board had objected to several Mat-Su witnesses (their testimony is pre-filed) and Judge Matthews has overruled them, but notes that he'll still weigh the concerns.
First up is Mat-Su Mayor Edna Devries. Questioning first comes from Brena (Valdez) who's asking her about the socio-economic integration between Valdez and Mat-Su.

She says Mat-Su and Valdez are pretty different.
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The first day of the trial challenging the Alaska Redistricting Board's work is underway. Today, they'll be kicking it off with the East Anchorage plaintiffs, who are challenging the Senate pairings with the conservative Eagle River.

#akleg #akredistrict

It's going to be an unusual trial because the direct testimony has already been filed. The opening arguments, too. They'll be starting out with cross examination and then direct testimony.
First, they're taking up several objections raised by the Alaska Redistricting Board against lay testimony and expert testimony brought by East Anchorage.

Judge Matthews rejects both motions, adding that he'll take the hearsay testimony as it comes.
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The House Finance Committee is underway with an overview hearing on Gov. Dunleavy's budget proposal.


Steininger explaining how the state's budget has been reduced by ~5% since Dunleavy took office with most of the cuts coming to the University of Alaska and a few other areas. Notes quite a bit of it, though, has been eaten up by more spending on public safety, corrections.
Rep. Foster asks why Steininger chose FY19 as the starting point, asking whether it's intended to make the budget look better.

Steininger says it's to "focus on the achievements of this administration."
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S. Finance is underway. They're taking a look at the revenue forecast with DoR's Chief Economist Dan Stickel. Stedman prefaces by saying investments have surpassed oil, but "that might be switching around."


Stedman says they all need to start settling into a base number for oil price. The state has started to update it more regularly, which Stedman suggests is not particularly helpful because it can make for big swings in the budget outlook.
How's the state's economy doing? "Still a ways to go," Stickel says.
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Meanwhile, the Superior Court has its final pre-trial briefing. The Alaska Redistricting Board is refusing to make members Borromeo and Bahnke available to testify on Senate pairings.

Singer: "I don't have any obligation" to provide witnesses who didn't support the plan.

Singer, board's counsel, says the depositions are fine.

It sounds like they're going to be putting up Budd Simpson, not Bethany Marcum—the member who came up with the pairings.

Judge Matthews seems to agree with Singer. "What more different information am I likely to get?"
Attorney Holly Wells, the attorney arguing the Senate pairings, says that Singer prevented Borromeo and Bahnke from speaking about executive sessions.

She says they're prejudiced, here.

Judge Matthews seems to suggest there's some merit to that argument.
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For the afternoon #akleg, we've got concurrent hearings of the S. Finance Committee on Senate President Micciche's alcohol rewrite bill:…

House Judiciary on a bill dealing with access to MJ conviction records by Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins:…
JKT on his legislation, says it would remove some records of convictions for simple marijuana possession from the public record. You'd have to have been 21+ at the time with no other crimes committed in the act to have your record sealed.

He says it matches the current times. Image
Over in Senate Finance (I'm not sure why I'm doing this to myself), Sen. Micciche says not everyone agrees with everything in his alcohol bill but says it has broad support from the industry associations.

He's been carrying it since 2015. It's been sunk by industry many times.
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The Senate Finance Committee is underway. On today's agenda is a look at the state's production forecast (which plays into revenue and therefore the budget).


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Sen. Stedman is opening up with an introduction of committee staff as well as legislative aides. When he gets to Sen. Bishop's team, Stedman says: "His duties are whatever his boss assigns him."
Sen. Stedman on the budget process: "We will pull out of the non-reoccurring funds ... and boil it down to the base budget."

"It's very important that we have a base document to go through" instead of the Gov's budget that he claims "is balanced when it's not."
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Hot off Gov. Dunleavy's tantrum over the press refusing to look the other way on the firing of APFC director Angela Rodell, the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee is holding a hearing on the firing of Angela Rodell.…

They're currently in executive session on an unrelated topic (Board of Pharmacy audit).
The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee is coming back together. On the agenda is some RPLs and then invited testimony from the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation's board of trustees.

Watch here:…

Documents here:…

#akleg #akgov
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Gov. Dunleavy is holding a pre-#akleg presser.

Starts off with invoking MLK Jr. and says, "We just have to make sure we understand what his message was, not what some folks would like it to be and that message, once again, is unity."


Among the priorities outlined in his opening, Dunleavy says the state needs the budget for the upcoming elections to do education "budgets to hire people, budgets to do recalls and purge our roles where necessary."

"Purge roles where necessary."

First questions to Gov. Dunleavy is about his administration's involvement in the firing of Angela Rodell, who's called it political retribution.

Dunleavy denies it and says, basically, prove it.

"I would ask if anyone has evidence to that to bring it forward."

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