Legislators struggling to decide state budget, dividend

Alaska legislators are in the second week of a special session to finish work on the state budget for the fiscal year that starts in just five weeks, while also deciding the amount of this year's Permanent Fund dividend.

Lawmakers have held few committee meetings and many have left Juneau, as private discussions involving House and Senate leaders, their colleagues and the governor's office generally dominate such negotiations.

The Legislature adjourned its regular session after 121 days on May 19, unable to agree on a state budget and the size of the dividend - the two issues that usually divi...


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