Senate Leaders Appreciate Governor Adding Appropriations to the Special Session Call

JUNEAU - Today, Governor Mike Dunleavy announced he is adding appropriations to the call of the third special session. This will allow the Alaska Legislature to issue a 2021 Permanent Fund Dividend and address many fiscal issues with the FY 2022 operating budget, such as WWAMI and postsecondary scholarships. Senate leaders in the Alaska Legislature issued the following statements:

“I appreciate Governor Dunleavy’s willingness to be flexible and work with the Legislature for the benefit of Alaskans. With this addition, we can pay a healthy dividend and fund other critical programs Alaskans rely on every day," said Senate President Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna). "It’s my hope that this positive, collaborative action will help build momentum toward the Legislature and the Dunleavy administration finally solving Alaska’s long-term fiscal challenge, ending the uncertainty that has plagued our state’s economy and divided Alaskans for years.”


“I’m glad the Governor has added appropriations to the call. There are some vetoes that can now be restored, and providing a dividend this year for Alaskans is crucial. Many Alaskans are struggling, communities throughout Alaska are in a recession, and we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senate Democratic Leader Tom Begich (D-Anchorage). “I appreciate that the Governor has added this to the call so Alaskans can be sure that we will address not only the recommendations of the Working Group, but also fiscal uncertainty.”

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Media Contacts:

Daniel McDonald

Senate Majority Communications Director

Daniel.McDonald@akleg.gov

907-465-4066


Noah Hanson

Senate Democratic Communications Director

Noah.Hanson@akleg.gov

(907) 441-4588