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Alaska legislature works to avoid government shutdown

 

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

The main loading gate at Wrangell's state ferry terminal. With the unprecedented threat of a full government shutdown looming, the Department of Transportation is currently assessing its personnel and services in preparation. At worst, the ferries would cease to operate in that scenario. However, the Department of Justice is currently reviewing the operations of Alaska Marine Highway System to see whether continuation of its services would be required under the State Constitution. A ruling is expected later this week.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Legislature remains on pace for a statewide government shutdown as lawmakers renew discussions they hope will bridge the gap between the House and Senate.

Gov. Bill Walker said he is confident the Legislature can avert an economically catastrophic shutdown July 1.

Officials' top priority during the special session is the state operating budget.

"At this point, I must focus solely on one issue and one issue alone, and that is the operating budget so we do not have a shutdown in this state," said Walker, who sets the agenda for the session.

Walker said he ha...



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