ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Update 9:45 p.m.:
The Anchorage Assembly voted to formally oppose Gov. Dunleavy's proposed vetoes at Tuesday's regular meeting, with an 8 - 2 margin.
This does little in the way of policy, but it does send a message to the governor that the government of Alaska's largest city does not support his vetoes.
Some Anchorage Assembly members are formally calling on the Legislature to override Gov. Dunleavy’s vetoes on the state operating budget.
The resolution accuses the governor of proposing significant cuts to government services without providing “meaningful and rigorous economic or policy analysis to justify the cuts.” It also highlights extensive public opposition to the proposed cuts, demonstrated in public hearings held across the state.
The resolution reads: “The Anchorage Assembly calls on the Alaska State Legislature to override the Governor’s vetoes on the state operating budget, which have been executed without significant and public analysis of their impacts on Alaska lives, and without acceptance from the people of Alaska."
The resolution is sponsored by Assembly Chair Felix Rivera, member Austin Quinn-Davidson, and member Forrest Dunbar. It will be introduced at Tuesday’s regular meeting. Dunbar says the likelihood of it passing is very high and is expecting 9-2 or 8-3 margins.
Member John Weddleton is one of the few who will likely oppose the resolution, because he says the assembly should focus on governing rather than making symbolic proclamations.
"I don't support broadly the governor's vetoes," Weddleton said. "But, I've never voted for symbolic resolutions. Not that it's not an important issue -- but I think we should focus on our own work. That may be how we're actually going to deal with the impacts of the vetoes."
While the governor's vetoes remain a point of contention, the Legislature and administration have shown an ability to cooperate. On Monday morning, the governor signed into law House Bill 49, the state's new comprehensive crime bill. He lauded the Legislature for bi-partisan work to pass the bill -- showing that the currently divided House and Senate can work together for the greater good of the state.
"I want to thank everyone who worked on this bill. This was a huge effort by stakeholders across the spectrum," Gov. Dunleavy said. "Folks in the administration, but also, folks in the Legislature."
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