JUNEAU — Members of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday defended the budget the Senate passed, including proposed cuts to education, as responsible.
A co-chair of the committee, Sen. Anna MacKinnon, said there is room for compromise. But she said she will “not be held hostage to spend more money that we don’t have. Period.”
Committee co-chair Sen. Pete Kelly told reporters the state has fallen off the fiscal cliff and the Senate budget, which cut more deeply than Gov. Bill Walker or the House proposed, is an effort to save Alaska’s financial future.