Lawmakers Reach Deal To Avert Shutdown

Lawmakers reach deal to avert shutdown

Alaska lawmakers have agreed upon a plan to avert a statewide government shutdown, but at 5 p.m. Thursday, the Alaska Legislature’s various factions were struggling to find enough votes to approve the deal.

At 1:04 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a joint House-Senate conference committee approved a compromise budget that funds state government past July 1 using savings from Alaska’s Constitutional Budget Reserve. The agreement ends more than a month of work to reconcile contradictory spending plans passed by the House and Senate.
“This is very much a compromise budget, and that’s what we’ve been down here working on,” …

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