JUNEAU – Members of the Alaska Senate Majority today thanked Governor Mike Dunleavy for changing the start date for the third special session to August 16th.
The upcoming session – where lawmakers plan to address Alaska’s multi-year fiscal challenge and reach a compromise on the Permanent Fund dividend – was originally scheduled to begin Monday, August 2nd. Today, however, after receiving a letter yesterday from all four legislative caucuses urging a delay to the start of session, the governor issued a revised declaration.
“I would like to thank Governor Dunleavy for his willingness to work with the Legislature and provide additional time to arrive in Juneau with a comprehensive plan framework that will get Alaska out of this budgetary quicksand and on a path to prosperity,” said Senate President Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna. “I am confident this group – equally representing all four caucuses in an unprecedented way – will come forward with the groundwork for a durable solution that balances the budget, protects the PFD, and reflects the will of Alaskans.”
“I greatly appreciate Governor Dunleavy’s spirit of cooperation with the legislative branch,” said Senate Majority Leader Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, a member of the working group.
“Big decisions are ahead. We’ve been hard at work, daily, to develop a long-term, fair, and reasonable solution regarding the PFDs and the sustainability of future budgets. This additional time will allow legislation to be drafted, and for the entire legislature to consider the proposal with valuable public input and feedback. Not only is a solution important for future years, but is vital to this year’s PFD. I hope every legislator is ready to come together on points of consensus and accommodation.”
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