1. In a back-of-the-envelope atmosphere near the end of its meeting Monday, the state retirement board approved a 1-year cut to contributions to the health care portion of the state pension systems. #akleg #akgov
2. I missed the importance of this 1-year cut when it took place. I went back and listened to the recording again today. The board cut FY 23 health care payments to zero on grounds that the system is overfunded. This gives Dunleavy what he wanted in a different manner. #akgov
3. The cut appears to be on the order of $88 million. The two Dunleavy commissioners on the board—Lucinda Mahoney and Paula Vrana—provided the deciding yes votes. #akleg #akgov
4. I am waiting for clarification from the board. The claim is that the health care accounts have more than needed to pay health bills in the fiscal year that starts next summer. That's if the stock market doesn't drop. And if claims don't jump. #akgov

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10 Oct
1. Dunleavy revenue commissioner Lucinda Mahoney needs to go. This latest proposal from Mahoney and Dunleavy would disguise the financial health of state retirement assets by assuming the current market value, not longterm performance, is a foundation for action. Image
2. Here is a sample of the reckless or false information she has presented in recent months. "The timeline doesn't work." ImageImage
3. Mahoney and Mike Barnhill made false claims about the Harvard endowment. ImageImage
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25 Mar
1. On Feb. 2, @adndotcom posted a press release from Gov. Mike Dunleavy saying "this is Alaska's time to think big" on the gas line. He said it is closer than ever. Most Alaska newspapers printed the same press release, without asking questions. #akleg #akgov
2. In Dunleavy's press release, he misled the public by suggesting his pipeline dream would be a private venture. "The good news is that, in addition to private funding, there is a strong possibility of federal funding." #akleg #akgov
3. Elwood Brehmer of the @AlaskaJournal reported on Feb. 4 that the dream relied on a 75 percent federal subsidy. The @adndotcom said "in addition to private-sector funding," the plan needed some government money, but did not mention how much.
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7 Feb
1. Just before the pandemic, John Binkley, a political ally of @GovDunleavy, whose family owns @adndotcom, announced plans for a group to fight the recall, which had been illegally blocked by former AG Kevin Clarkson. #akleg #akgov
2. Clarkson’s illegal stalling and the pandemic stalled the recall. Now comes @adndotcom with another high-handed defense of Dunleavy, linking his recall to Felix Rivera, claiming it is a similar situation. #akleg #akgov
3. While keeping quiet about John Binkley’s leadership role in backing Dunleavy, the Binkley-owned paper sniffs that the Dunleavy recall grounds are trivial. Wrong. Refusing to follow the law on appointing a judge is the most important. That Dunleavy backed down is irrelevant.
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5 Feb
1. Former Gov. Sean Parnell and former Sen. Mark Begich are each getting hundreds of dollars an hour for promoting the Dunleavy gas pipeline dream—which consists of hoping the feds will pay $4.5 billion for it. #akleg #akgov
2. Parnell and Begich teamed up last year to offer high-profile support for Dunleavy's point of view on raiding the Permanent Fund and opposing the election initiative. The state contracts should have been disclosed. Parnell signed in April. Begich in Sept. #akgov
3. In March, as "volunteers" for Dunleavy, they claimed to have a big, bold plan for Alaska that was neither. #akgov
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4 Feb
The revelation that @GovDunleavy gave a gas line consulting contract to former Gov. Sean Parnell, at the “discount” rate of $450 an hour, starting April 30, 2020, puts this April 24 Parnell/Begich plug for bigger PFDs in a new light. #akleg #akgov ImageImageImage
A similar valuable gas line contract with Begich followed in the fall. The Dunleavy administration never announced or revealed why it hired the two for a total cost of close to $250,000. #akleg #akgov Image
Parnell and Begich appear to be the point men on the Dunleavy plan to try to get a federal subsidy from the Biden administration to build a pipeline to Fairbanks. But the state withheld disclosure of the Parnell/Begich role. #akleg #akgov dermotcole.com/reportingfroma…
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1. I've had second thoughts about the value of the extensive weasel words the @adndotcom published from the lips of @SenDanSullivan the other day. Thanks to @AK_OK for offering this profile in evasion. I've added annotation.
#aksen #akgov
2. Sullivan covers for Trump, the inciter-in-chief with a deflection, never admitting that Trump lit the fuse. "I think had the president accepted the election results earlier and repudiated the mob violence earlier and more forcefully, it could have had an impact yesterday.”
3. As late as Monday Jan. 4, Sullivan's office refused comment on the GOP coup proposed by members of Congress. On Jan. 7, Sullivan said he had "decided a number of days ago" to oppose the coup. So he stayed silent in the corner, avoiding triggering Trump or Trump voters.
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