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Walker to pitch compromise ahead of layoff threat


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – With the budget and a plan to address Alaska’s deficit unresolved, Gov. Bill Walker on Friday said he planned to propose a compromise package aimed at ending a legislative stalemate and averting a potential government shutdown.

Walker announced his plans one day after 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.

In a statement, Walker said it had become clear to him following meetings with legislative leaders that negotiations had “reached a stalemate,”...

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