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Breaking: Governor calls special session in Juneau

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Gov. Michael Dunleavy this afternoon said he is calling for a special session for Juneau to deal with five matters that have not been completed:

  • Crime legislation rolling back SB 91
  • Operating budget with a full Permanent Fund dividend
  • Mental Health Trust budget
  • Capital budget
  • Education funding

In an announcement that came at 5:30 pm, just 6.5 hours before the end of the session comes this evening, the governor appeared to have lost faith that the House and Senate could complete their work.

But if any of those items are completed, he will remove them from the call of the special session, he said. He said he would issue the proclamation shortly.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Good for our Governor! Beat the fools to the punch. Hooray!!

  • So no matter what Alaska citizens lose .We now get to pay per diem, travel, & lodging on top of salaries to political representatives that could not accomplish their job during regular session.

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