GIVES MANDATE TO LAWMAKERS: STOP USING MY PIC
Governor Bill Walker, in a press conference today, flashed anger at Alaskans for not giving up to $1,200 of their Permanent Fund dividends to support state services. He appeared miffed that citizens, as represented by their elected lawmakers, didn’t understand the seriousness of the fiscal problem the state faces.
He also issued a proclamation for a special session to be held in Juneau on July 11 to take up three major revenue items that were not settled in the special session that ended today.
In his press availability that lasted just 11 minutes, the governor was asked by Juneau Empire reporter James Brooks why he thinks another special session will be productive.
Walker’s answer was: “I think it will be because I’ll address some of those issues in the budget. When the budget comes to me and I address the financial situation, it will get the attention of Alaskans. I have the obligation to do some things as governor with the budget.”
The reporter went on to ask the governor if he intends to veto a portion of the Permanent Fund dividend.
Walker responded: “We’ll look at every item individually and decide between now and July 1st what gets vetoed and what does not…I will veto where I think it’s appropriate.”