Yesterday pink slips went out to nearly 19,000 state employees, warning them that if the legislature
doesn’t reach a budget deal by July 1st, they will lose their jobs. With two weeks until the end of the
special session, zero progress is evident between the Senate and House majorities on reaching a deal
on a comprehensive plan.
Juneau encouraging lawmakers to come up with a plan they can agree on before the scheduled
June 16th end of the current special session. A government shutdown looms just two weeks
later on July 1st if a deal is not reached.
commerce, labor organizations, foundations, and an assortment of diverse coalitions and people of all
political stripes around the state have concurred that a comprehensive fiscal plan is necessary to deal
with the state’s $2.5 billion budget deficit.
proposing and passing a plan that includes budget reductions, a structured use of Permanent Fund
earnings, and new broad-based revenue. The Senate majority on the other hand has only passed one
fiscal measure all session, which would still leave a hole in the budget approaching a billion dollars,
while hoping oil prices recover.
Senate Majority are out of whack. While hundreds of teachers lost their jobs last week and contemplate
having to leave the state for jobs Outside, the Senate Majority has proposed an austerity plan that will
undoubtedly and unnecessarily prolong and deepen the state’s recession. It is past time to get the job
done and set Alaska on a path to diverse longterm fiscal stability and a new time of economic
prosperity. That won’t happen until we are on sound fiscal footing.”
More information on rally locations can be found here.
Deputy Political Director