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Members of Alaska House Democrat-led Majority released statements on the governor’s budget plan just hours after he had revealed his Fiscal Year 2021 spending plan on Wednesday, four days before the statutory deadline.
They didn’t thank him for bringing the plan to them early so they can get to work as appropriators. They didn’t applaud him for taking a different approach this year, after they crossed swords with him last year. Nor did they congratulate him on offering the Operating, Capital, Mental Health, and Supplemental budgets all at once, so they can see the gestalt of what they’re dealing with.
No, they didn’t have much nice to say about it, but at least the House Speaker was happy enough that the budget wasn’t as small as he expected it to be.