Governor vetoes bill aimed at changing his hiring process

Gov. Dunleavy at an event in August, 2019.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A bill aimed at changing where the governor can look for potential employees was vetoed by Governor Dunleavy Friday.

Representative Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, sponsored the bill and says it was meant to close a loophole where the governor could hire individuals unlisted in the budget at any salary they wanted to.

Wilson says Gov. Dunleavy called her on Thursday and they discussed the pros and cons of the bill. Wilson says she believes the governor misunderstands what it is supposed to do.

"He's telling me it takes one of the tools out of his hands, and it absolutely does. It says that you can't just hire one of your friends at any amount that you want to," said Wilson. "If you want to hire someone at a higher level of salary, you have to explain it, and I think we owe that to Alaskans, especially in the time that if we're going to pay them an exorbitant amount of money, then we absolutely need to justify it."

Wilson says those who voted in support of the bill may consider trying to override the veto at the beginning of the next session.

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