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Fish Factor: Legislative haggling may hurt fisheries management

 

Photo submitted/ KOMO news in Seattle

First Copper River king salmon was delivered to SeaTac.

Alaska salmon managers are hoping for the best and planning for the worst as lawmakers extend into a third special session to try and agree on a state budget. It is the third year in a row they have not finished their legislative session on time due to budget differences.

The haggling, which could last up to 30 days, means pink slips could go out to all state workers in less than two weeks in advance of job layoffs.

"It's similar to what happened last year.  Pink slips go out on June 1 and then we have to start getting people out because they cannot be on salary effective July 1," said...



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