Legislators struggling to decide state budget, dividend

 

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House Speaker Louise Stutes speaks to reporters before the start of the special session of the Legislature last Thursday. Gov. Mike Dunleavy called lawmakers back to work to finish the state budget and settle on an amount for this year's Alaska Permanent Fund 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 d...



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