Alaska Senate panel concerned about proposed education cut
Budget battles are under way, even as Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s spending plan for next fiscal year has yet to be rolled out.
The current fight is over a proposed $20 million cut to public education in Dunleavy’s recently proposed supplemental budgets for this year’s spending. These bills usually cover appropriations lawmakers didn’t anticipate when drafting spending plans last session for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
But Dunleavy’s budget team proposes some cuts that also include a $3.6 million reduction to the Village Public Safety Officer program and $5 million from the Alaska Gasline Development Corp.