Alaska Gov: No plans to call a special session
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Bill Walker says he has no plans to call Alaska legislators into a special session this year.
Walker told reporters that’s a testament to the work lawmakers achieved during the just-ended extended session.
Lawmakers adjourned early Sunday morning, after passing the state operating and capital budgets and numerous other bills.
Walker said he was pleased with the passage of bills addressing education funding and crime in Alaska.
He also praised passage of legislation that seeks to limit how much can be withdrawn from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings. That bill is a major piece of a plan to address Alaska’s budget deficit.
The tone of this session was noticeably different from the past several years, which featured drawn-out special sessions and were marked by bitter fights over taxes and spending.
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