Alaska State Legislature

 

A number of state budget issues remain unresolved and layoffs for state employees or even a shutdown are possible if the legislature and the governor can’t come to an agreement soon. Kenai representative Gary Knopp spoke with KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran about what a special session might look like to address those and this session’s thorniest issue, the permanent fund dividend.

 

 


Kenai Republican Gary Knopp held separate town hall events in a recent trip back to the Peninsula. He addressed the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce Friday, Feb. 15.

 

Times have been tight in recent years. The district has run through most its savings trying to bridge multi-million dollar budget gaps the past three years. At a budget work session with the school board this week, Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones said despite cutting administration staff through attrition and other means, cuts in the classroom still loom large.

 

 

 

 


 

 

On this week's convesation, Medicare, PFDs, income tax and the continuing battle for better brewery laws. District O Senator Peter Micchiche talks with KDLL's Shaylon Cochran.

Interview highlights:

On changing the structure of how the Permanent Fund Dividend is distributed:

Cleaning up utility poles is a costly business. That’s at the heart of a senate bill that would absolve utility companies of liability if treated poles foul groundwater under state law. Federal liability laws would still apply.