Walker: Legislature in stalemate

Calling the Alaska Legislature’s current situation a “stalemate,” Gov. Bill Walker has announced that he will make a bid to avert a pending shutdown of the Alaska government.

“A government shutdown is unacceptable, and compromise is essential. So my team and I have begun work on a compromise package from concepts currently on the table, and intend to present the compromise to all four caucuses next week,” Walker said in a statement Friday morning. “There is no reason lawmakers cannot complete their work within the current special session.”

Walker called the Alaska Legislature into special session after it failed to pass a budget or close the state’s $2.7 billion deficit in a 121-day regular session.

Now, only two weeks remain in that 30-day special session, and the state government will shut down Monday, July 3 if no agreement is reached. Even before July 3, the state will begin shutting down remote fishing management operations, endangering Alaska’s multibillion-dollar salmon fishery.

It is unclear what compromise Walker will suggest, but deputy press secretary Jonathon Taylor said by email that “it will include legislation that is already on the table and is actionable under the Special Session call.”

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06/05/2017 - 9:35am