Though Alaskans rallied in the rain outside the Alaska State Capitol on Saturday, urging the Alaska Legislature to boost funding for education this year, it appears unlikely that will happen.
As session nears end, no deal yet to protect state investments.
Correction: The first version of this article mis-stated the bill number for the funding increase. It is HB 339, not 399.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated. The prior version of this story is appended below.
The Stand for Salmon ballot initiative — set for a November statewide ballot — is swimming upstream against a first-quarter flood of money from mining and oil and gas groups.
“Thank you very much for the honor of inviting us here, and thank you from me, for the opportunity to serve you,” Egan said.
The breaking point appears to be Senate Bill 63.
Senate Bill 63 would prohibit smoking in most public places across Alaska.
The Alaska Legislature approved Gov. Bill Walker’s picks for his cabinet in a Tuesday joint session of the House and Senate, but it balked at the appointment of a former Planned Parenthood employee to the board governing Alaska’s midwives.
HB 25 requires insurers to cover contraceptives and allows yearlong prescriptions instead of three-month limit.