With special session halfway over Alaska legislators at a stalemate over budget

first_imgGov. Bill Walker signs a proclamation for a special session focused on the budget and long-term spending plan, after lawmakers failed to compromise. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)With a special legislative session halfway over, little progress has been made by Alaska legislators toward passing a state budget and addressing a multi-billion dollar state deficit.Listen nowOn Thursday, notices were mailed to thousands of state employees warning of potential layoffs if a budget is not finalized by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.Legislative leaders have said they do not want a government shutdown, but they also remain entrenched in positions staked out months ago for how best to address the deficit.While there’s general agreement that earnings from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund should be used to help fund government, the Republican-led Senate and Democrat-led House majority coalitions disagree over what else is needed for a fiscal plan.Today, Governor Bill Walker weighed-in on the legislative special session that has yet failed to resolve next year’s budget, and address more than a three billion-dollar gap between state revenues and expenses.Governor Walker, in an emailed press release, said he talked to members of the House and Senate caucuses and determined their negotiations have reached a stalemate.Walker called a possible government shutdown “unacceptable” and pledged to work on a compromise package to present to both bodies next week.last_img

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