What’s Happening Now…

The chickens are coming home to roost. For a governor that promised trustworthy government, a fat PFD check, and no cuts to services, we are getting the opposite.
Below are links and synopses by subject area on some of Mike’s lies and terrible decisions and as much current news as we can update while maintaining sanity.

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MOSt recent

(June 13) Be very afraid: Governor calls special session just for PFD, unfunded capital budget jeopardizing state funds and almost $1 billion in matching federal cash somehow left out, and unprecedented shutdown scenarios Dunleavy could trigger
(June 13) After pink slips, uncertainty, Dunleavy FINALLY releases $20 million for schools (KTOO)
(June 12) The “sweep”, how it threatens the Power Cost Equalization and college scholarships, a capital budget passed but unfunded due to Dunleavy-aligned House GOP minority (Alaska Public), and Dunleavy leaving option of not signing or even vetoing entire budget; state employees anxious as shutdown threat looms (KTVA)
(June 11) State says Medicaid payments will not be interrupted despite Dunleavy not having signed budget or indicating that he will
(June 11) State mismanagement of ferry system threatens Marine Highway communities
(June 11) Sen. Dunleavy blasts Gov. Dunleavy’s assault on Pioneer Homes
(June 11) “Crazy”: Alaska school districts brace for potential state funding delay
(June 10) With Senate passage, government shutdown decision now 100% Dunleavy’s to make
(June 7) Sitka Pioneer Home residents blast Dunleavy’s rate increase proposals
(June 7) Wasilla special session could cost north of one million dollars
(June 6) Gov. wants another special session in Wasilla, legislature not fans (KTVA); Why? Lawmakers left crude, derogatory messages (see June 4); Also, Dunleavy does not believe in compromise but does in incitement (and more “Rally in the Valley”: Alaska Public, Juneau Empire)
(June 6) Alaska House Speaker calls for focus on budget after Senate whiffs PFD, Senate seems on board (ADN, Journal of Commerce)
(June 6) Dunleavy awards contract/wastes money for Medicaid block grant study
(June 5) Dunleavy’s manufactured constitutional crisis with education poses dire threat to schools (especially in Rural), prompts pink slips
(June 5) With state retreat, Denali Borough mayor to propose marijuana and alcohol tax
(June 4) Some of the fruits of Dunleavy’s illegal and unethical state-funded ad campaign
(June 4) Medicaid payments in danger due to Dunleavy budget brinkmanship
(June 3) Major Alaska cruise operator in court again for pollution (and Dunleavy wanted to kill the citizen-devised program that prevents this) (KTUU)
(June 3) Dunleavy brings budget to brink with veto brinkmanship (and other issues with the PFD) (AP, Alaska Public, KTVA)
(June 3) Dunleavy taps former aide, unknown to fishing community, for Board of Fish
(June 1) Dunleavy admin fires consultant for not changing its conclusions opposing privatizing API
(June 1) Pioneer Home residents, families rage against rate increase proposals
(May 31) Dunleavy budget uncertainty hampering teacher recruitment
(May 31) AIDEA’s political payout to Dunleavy donor grandson indefensible
(May 31) Fairbanks utility will not sell compost due to same pollutants Dunleavy trying to allow
(May 30) Former Dunleavy official turned AIDEA head has a bizarre response to the corrupt half-million dollar contract to grandson of Dunleavy sugar daddy
(May 30) After Dunleavy broadside, University of Alaska pondering going from 3 to 1
(May 28) Legislatures ready to sue Dunleavy to protect education funding
(May 26) Water Pollution: Dunleavy obfuscates rationale to allow more pollution of water; meanwhile, state begins shipping water to Yakutat where wells were contaminated by the chemicals effected by regulation weakening; Dunleavy admin OK’s much more expansive oil and gas industry waste discharge into Cook Inlet
(May 25) BIG: Dunleavy likely broke law with state-paid political attack ads (Cole, Midnight Sun - May 28)
(May 23) Fairbanksans rally for UAF; meanwhile, KPB Assembly looking at increasing funding for KPC campuses
(May 23) Deadline for layoff notices imminent as Dunleavy admin both clueless and intransigent
(May 22) Native leaders slam Dunleavy admin over failure of child welfare talks
(May 18, 20) Ferries: Legislature approves $46M to prevent fall ferry shut down; Alaska may have to pay armed Canadian police at ferry terminal
(May 18-23) Latest on the PFD: The dilemma; Legislature may violate its own withdrawal limits law; Public blasts proposal “out with a bang” dividend proposal (ADN, KTUU, Midnight Sun)
(May 21 - 24) Dunleavy vows to cut off funding education starting July 1, violating multiple sections of Alaska Constitution; legislature responds: ADN, Midnight Sun, News-Miner, Cole on Threat, Cole on AG Clarkson; AP; KTOO
(May 21) Alaska worked to bring kids sent to Outside psychiatric facilities back, now sending them out again
(May 21) State seeks consultant to “review” Dunleavy Medicaid overhaul (AP)
(May 20) Fueled by Dunleavy budget uncertainty, Juneau considering property tax increase
(May 20) Rasmuson Foundation, one of state’s largest non-profits, publicly opposes Dunleavy disaster budget
(May 19) With VPSO cuts, Dunleavy more wimp than warrior in “war on criminals”
(May 17) UA President cautiously optimistic on University budget
(May 16) Legislature quickly agrees compromise on crime, votes to come next week (KTOO, AP, ADN, KTVA)
(May 16) One-in-three Alaska villages has no law enforcement presence, Dunleavy budget only worsens situation
(May 16) Legislature called into special session (KTOO, AP, KTVA, KTUU, ADN)
(May 15) Legislature thumbs nose at Dunleavy, doubles-down on forward funding
(May 15) Dunleavy wasting $100,000 for Medicaid block grant “study”
(May 14) One of most conservative House Republicans says Dunleavy acted in “bad faith” on crime bill negotiations
(May 14) Sole source contract to Dunleavy deputy treasurer should have gone to competitive bid, if it was necessary at all
(May 13) Dunleavy lawyers request jury trial in loyalty pledge case
(May 13) Dunleavy sides with Pebble against fishermen
(May 13) Quaterly PFD payment idea nixed for now
(May 12) Dunleavy, crossing ethical and possibly legal lines, targets legislators, runs de facto independent expenditure with state money; staff shake ups; and some other stuff in JNU
(May 12) DEC Commissioner forced to defend weakening of drinking water regs
(May 12) Dunleavy denies (pretty obvious) loyalty pledge claims in lawsuit
(May 12) Kodiak rallies for the Ferries
(May 11) Education funding fight all politics (KTVA, KTUU, AK Public)
(May 11) House and Senate bluntly reject Dunleavy’s “offer” on education funding
(May 10) Why we can’t have nice things: Dunleavy admin deceives House Majority for political points, Wellpath in news for not treating mentally ill woman who gave birth in jail alone, FNSB property taxes spike due to Dunleavy budget and uncertainty (more on property taxes: News-Miner)
(May 10) Dunleavy says he won’t cut education funding if lawmakers make education funding available to cut (May 9 Midnight Sun, ADN, News-Miner)
(May 9) DEC senior staff objects to Dunleavy weakening drinking water standards (AP, Cole)
(May 9) Legislators debating size of multi-billion dollar Permanent Fund transfer (ADN)
(May 9) Huge protest to protect ferries at Capitol
(May 9) UA leaders debate licensure programs as Uni budget sits in conference
(May 9) Citizens group to focus on saving, sustaining SE Alaska ferry system
(May 6, 9) House passes repeal and replace of SB91 crime bill; Dunleavy actually endorses it (AP)
(May 8) Dunleavy poised to lose education funding battle
(May 8) Insufficient Funds for Senior benefits due to Dunleavy incompetence has human cost
(May 8) Dunleavy promises not to veto education funding after threatening line-item vetoes, PF Corporation head has no opinion on transfer size, pressure continues for ferry support
(May 8) With local governments stressed by Dunleavy uncertainty, KPB to consider bed tax
(May 7) Union officials slam Dunleavy budget
(May 7) Incoming: Conference Committee to determine final budget meets
(May 7) Must be nice: Dunleavy admin sends another lucrative sole-source contract to family of one of largest donors
(May 7) Vic Fischer, last surviving signer of Alaska Constitution, blasts Dunleavy’s constitutional proposals (AP, KTOO)
(May 7) University of Alaska lays off 48 (KTUU)
(May 7) House approves $8 billion Permanent Fund transfer
(May 6) Large crowds turn out to tour new ferry as system’s future in doubt
(May 6) Dunleavy’s agenda by and large a failure, but not beaten yet
(May 6) KPB Assemblymember rallies to save Moose Pass School
(May 6) Keep Dunleavy’s “amendments” out of the Alaska Constitution
(May 5) As first Alaska-built ferry is unveiled, Dunleavy throws breaks on reforms giving ferries more autonomy by firing AMHS’s chief
(May 4) Doctors and dentists to Dunleavy: your budget is devastation to health care
(May 4) Stealing constitutional rights is not “direct democracy”
(May 3) Senate draft capital budget protects ferries, rebukes Dunleavy requests
(May 3) The constitution, the budget, and the legislature weekly wrap up
(May 2) Dark money shadow group with close ties to Dunleavy admin somehow pops up again: this time with our constitution
(May 2) Senate defers vote on new PFD formula
(May 2) Legislature heading into final days, things to look for (Cole)
(May 2) Dunleavy picks 25-year-old for $94k/year labor relations manager who has zero experience for job
(May 1) Mary Ann Pruitt, Dunleavy’s temporary-permanent comms director, finally files legally required financial disclosures
(May 1-2) Senate tees up and passes budget, big debates still to happen (KTVA, ADN, KTOO, ADN, Empire, KTUU, Ledger)
(May 1) Dunleavy budget cost to local governments, taxpayers: $900 million
(May 1) In violation of constitution, Dunleavy admin sued by education non-profit to actually disburse $20 million appropriated by legislature for school districts (KTUU, AP)
(Apr. 30 - May 1) PFD Formula: Senators hear opposition to PFD Formula rewrite, pass it anyways; clears Senate rules, heads to full Senate (News-Miner, KTUU, Midnight Sun)
(Apr. 30) Education supporters out in force as Mat-Su borough grapples with potential $19.5 million cut from the state
(Apr. 30) Juneau warns of property tax spike if bond-debt reimbursement cut; Anchorage officials issuing same warnings
(Apr. 30) Sitka House member suggests more moderate, prudent Earnings Reserve Account transfer than Senate
(Apr. 30) Fairbanks sues PFAS chemical pollutant makers over contamination (same chemicals whose protections Dunleavy admin has weakened)
(Apr. 29) Even before his red pen, Dunleavy approval underneath Walker’s post-PFD veto, budget opposed by nearly two-thirds of Alaskans
(Apr. 24-29): All about the PFD: Midnight Sun, Sunday Minefield (very bottom) [PFD politics, maneuvers], Ledger [options], ADN [savings], ADN, Empire [lawmakers split], Ledger, Midnight Sun, Empire, News-Miner [lawmakers’ ideas, Fund’s future], KTUU [new money needed], What Happened: (KTUU, KTVA, Ledger, ADN)
(Apr. 27) What would Medicaid cut do to Juneau’s Bartlett hospital?
(Apr. 25) Partisan Ohio-based Koch group and former Dunleavy budget hatchet-woman former employer praises Dunleavy’s budgets, fails - like Arduin and Dunleavy - to assess impacts
(Apr. 25) Southeast business owners slam Dunleavy’s budget (Empire)
(Apr. 25) Dunleavy DHSS Commissioner downplays Medicaid block grant
(Apr. 25) Dunleavy phones a friend to make sure Warehouse Alaska at full speed
(Apr. 24) Dunleavy gives up on repeal of Marijuana Control Board (for now) (KTUU); expect recess appointments
(Apr. 24) In reversal and break of campaign promise, Dunleavy refuses to work with Native tribes (KTUU, Delta Discovery)
(Apr. 24) Dunleavy’s ag cuts would threaten industry in Alaska, increase food insecurity
(Apr. 24) An honest assessment of the cure to the ills of Alaska education
(Apr. 24) Anchorage Assembly asks Legislature, admin to find way to allow larger local education contributions
(Apr. 24) Beware: Dunleavy planning line-item veto to force his budget on Alaska
(Apr. 23) Anchorage Assembly passes budget, final tax bill in Dunleavy’s hands
(Apr. 23) With Dunleavy privatization push, ADF&G forced to consider selling hatcheries, would cost state greatly
(Apr. 23) Senate releases budget, fewer cuts than house, Medicaid and AMHS cut more, University less, bond-debt restored in total; KTOO; AK Ledger; News-Miner
(Apr. 23) State considers new ferry terminal near Juneau for newer ferries
(Apr. 23) API Fiasco: Former COO of Soldotna hospital chosen to head API; Legislature has different ideas for API than Dunleavy; DHSS Commissioner Crum withheld info from legislature; State cancels Wellpath Contract (ADN, AP, Cole, KTOO) despite claiming days before that API could close; (Apr. 19) Unions push for management change at API
(Apr. 23) Despite friendly audience, Dunleavy budget gets mixed reviews at Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, North Pole church
(Apr. 18-20) DHSS Com. Crum: Refused to answer basic question about spending; denied that Alaska was not aiming to block grant Medicaid despite letter asking for that; pulled a 180-degree position shift on Medicaid expansion within three days
(Apr. 19) Dunleavy lies about senior benefits suspension
(Apr. 19) Senate unveils plan to keep a reduced ferry service running through winter; Empire (Apr. 17)
(Apr. 17-18) Dunleavy finally fills Palmer Superior Court, exceeds constitutionally mandated timing; KTVA
(Apr. 17-18) Dunleavy cabinet all confirmed - despite everything; KTUU; Landmine; Six Rejected; Midnight Sun; Ghost hunter fails confirmation handily
(Apr. 17) Board of Fisheries nominee Johnstone tossed due to character, bias, harassment allegations
(Apr. 17) Pot prohibitionist Stivers rejected by one vote by legislature
(Apr. 17) Is Alaska in danger of losing its teachers?
(Apr. 16) API Fiasco: Union sues to block privatization; Dunleavy admin gives credit for API accreditation when it did none of the work to earn it
(Apr. 16) State makes no progress to restore senior benefits cut
(Apr. 16) Dunleavy’s appointments hit the legislature tomorrow (April 17): here’s a list of the ones that haven’t returned to the pits that spawned them; KTVA
(Apr. 16) Battle brews over Johnstone appointment to Board of Fish
(Apr. 16) In unprecedented move, Dunleavy admin boosts beleaguered Public Safety appointee Price with ads (somehow missing the “plagiarism” and “absenteeism” parts); A bit more on Price (Apr. 13); KTUU
(Apr. 15) State shows signs of finally kicking recession, Dunleavy budget threatens this
(Apr. 15) Candidate Dunleavy had no plans for cuts until he proposed massive cuts
(Apr. 15) Dunleavy budget fantasy leaves zero credibility on budget, oil prices
(Apr. 15) State plans to award contract for ferry options protested
(Apr. 15) Dunleavy proposes to move Medicaid recipients to private insurance in yet another terrible healthcare move
(Apr. 15) House extends moratorium on school bond-debt reimbursement
(Apr. 15) Maybe don’t drink the water: Dunleavy admin tries to redefine pollution to “clean up” Kimberly Lake
(Apr. 14) Lawmakers weigh keeping Ocean Rangers with Dunleavy admin crying crocodile tears; (Apr. 12) KTOO/CoastAlaska
(Apr. 14) Dunleavy attempts to blame legislature for stop in Seniors Benefits, rebuked by House, Senate, state statute
(Apr. 14) Alaskans push back on Medicaid block grant attempt
(Apr. 13) Dunleavy attempts to accelerate head of public defender’s departure, who contests Gov can’t
(Apr. 13) Juneau students rally at Capitol to save education funding
(Apr 8-13) With no science behind it, why is Dunleavy admin hell-bent on exposing Alaskans to polluted water? (Article 2, 3, 4)
(Apr. 12) Not impressed: Tlingit-Haida president condemns Dunleavy’s budget after his presentation
(Apr. 12) Dunleavy PR stunt fails miserably; budget blunders; and the sheer incompetence of it all; Analysis of Red Pen; Original
(Apr. 12) Governor’s Board of Fish appointments draw fire from fishers
(Apr. 11) Alaskans more generous than Dunleavy believes: PFD raffles raises almost $1M for public education
(Apr. 11) Public comment set on KPBSD additional funds proposal for April 16
(Apr. 11) API Fiasco: Judge to rule is state violating rights of mentally ill
(Apr. 11) New note, same song: Public Safety pick noted for chronic absenteeism
(Apr. 11) Seward sounds off on consolidation possibilities in light of budget
(Apr. 11) Senate considers putting its proposed 50-50 formula into constitution, KTOO; Dunleavy and House silent on size of PFD’s in budget
(Apr. 11) As legislature considers appeal of revenue-generating anti-pollution program, judge threatens to ban Carnival cruise ships from port due to pollution violations
(Apr. 11) Dunleavy AG makes pathetic argument that forward funding of education can be vetoed (Legislature’s legal begs to differ); KTOO; (Apr. 12) Prepare for legal fight
(Apr. 11): Senate, moving away from Dunleavy amendment proposals, introduces statutory spending cap
(Apr. 11) Despite surprisingly anti-agricultural tilt of Valley and Eagle River GOP Reps, Alaska dairy inspector and dairy industry preserved; Mat-Valley Frontiersman (Apr. 10) Havemeister plight makes national news
(Apr. 11) House preserves forward funding of K-12 overwhelmingly, partial reinstatement of bond-debt reimbursement narrowly passes; ADN; House passes budget
(Apr. 11) In stunning display of incompetence, Dunleavy admin forced to suspend senior benefits due to lack of funds; Midnight Sun; ADN; (Apr. 12) AP
(Apr. 11) Dunleavy threats of special sessions and vetoes pushes legislature to add special session money, passes with support from both caucuses
(Apr. 10) Anchorage Economic Development Corp. issues letter noting concern about budget cuts to state’s economic health
(Apr. 10) Opinion: Dunleavy appointments would polarize Board of Fish (also would pay back second largest campaign contributor)
(Apr. 10) Ferries and fisheries safe in House budget - now to Senate, Gov
(Apr. 10) Ain’t just ANC: School-bond debt reimbursement cut to reverberate around Alaska
(Apr. 9) Dunleavy changes story again on the radical budget Senate GOP rejected two years ago
(Apr. 9) Dunleavy, angry at State House and forgetting he can’t add money via veto or appropriate funds, issues empty line-item veto threat is his amendments and budget aren’t passed. (KTUU, KTVA, Empire, AP, Alaska Public)
(Apr. 9) Responding to specter of Dunleavy budget, Kenai Peninsula schools looking at consolidations in Soldotna, Homer, Seward
(Apr. 8) State Senate blasts Dunleavy’s Medicaid cuts as unrealistic flim-flam; KTVA
(Apr. 8) Tracking another big lie, where the hell did those 2,000 funded and unfilled jobs go?
(Apr. 8) Dunleavy budget threatens Anchorage transitional housing programs
(Apr. 7) Sunday Landmine: Mike wastes money; Price’s questionable appointment heats up; and more on the resignations (forced or otherwise)
(Apr. 7) Dunleavy lies about school costs (again); may become first governor never to correctly cite education statistic
(Apr. 7) With services on the line, $1.25 billion oil subsidies get fresh scrutiny
(Apr. 6) Did you think they’d go quietly? Juneau city government trashes Dunleavy, legislature’s budget.
(Apr. 6) House Finance spares University Dunleavy’s cut, still delivers 3% ($10 million) cut
(Apr. 6) House lawmakers ask state to throw out API contract; KTUU; KTOO
(Apr. 6) Dunleavy DEC appointee lies about Alaska’s standing on international mining survey
(Apr. 6) Alaska agriculture industry faces great deal of uncertainty with Dunleavy
(Apr. 5) Oy what a week (Friday in the Sun review)
(Apr. 5) On the Kenai, non-tenured teachers looking at the exit
(Apr. 5) Here it comes: House budget lands on floor (AP)
(Apr. 5) Senate Finance to consider new PFD formula
(Apr. 5) State spending makes money? And how: Fish and Game data show almost 60 fold return on investment, almost $12 billion economic impact
(Apr. 5) First up: FNSB proposed budget includes property tax increase courtesy of Dunleavy
(Apr. 5) State healthcare director resigns abruptly
(Apr. 5) Dunleavy Public Safety Commissioner appointee Price under fresh scrutiny
(Apr. 5) Bad day for fishing and clean water: Dunleavy DEC quietly kills regulation for chemical contamination that caused closure of two lakes to fishing; (Apr. 2) Dunleavy DEC and U.S. EPA work to relax water pollution rules, boon to Pebble Mine and Cook Inlet oil
(Apr. 1-4) Pebble Mine: Study fuels debate, scientists pan environmental assessment, Lake Iliamna residents split with concerns, employment prospects of mine
(Apr. 4) Shooting in dark, City and Borough of Juneau begins budget work
(Apr. 2-4) The API saga intensifies: DHSS didn’t disclose Wellpath legal history; House questions admin on its decision (KTVA); “Contract must end, long-term look done”
(Apr. 4) Dunleavy takes aim at initiative power; (Apr. 2) Save the Constitution!
(Apr. 4) Thanks for the tax hike! House Finance Republicans, minus Gary Knopp of Kenai, vote to rescind all school bond debt reimbursement, moratorium bill likely; average Anchorage homeowner to see $430 hike. News-Miner; ADN; Alaska Public Media; Midnight Sun; AK Ledger
(Apr. 4) House Finance busy: Pre-K spared, Fisheries supported, Medicaid takes $58 million cut, committee Republicans, emphasizing need for cool reason, ignore reason, vote to end Ocean Rangers and kill Alaska dairy industry.
(Apr. 4) Mat-Su Teachers Wear Red, Voice Concerns over Education Cuts
(Apr. 4) House panel ends Dunleavy plan to cut Seniors Benefits; KTUU
(Apr. 4) KPBSD requests extra money from borough to partially offset $22.4 million proposed cut from state; (Apr. 11) Public comment set on proposal for April 16
(Apr. 4) Rural Alaska questions Dunleavy’s “anti-crime” commitment with VPSO cuts
(Apr. 4) Claiming need to end subsidies, House Finance votes to kill Alaska dairy industry (bitter irony: same panel voted to give $70 million to oil companies)
(Apr. 4) Alaska House Finance votes to end public-created, money-making anti-cruise ship pollution program
(Apr. 3) House Finance: Education debt, fisheries taxes, Alaska Public Media
(Apr. 3) Oh the irony: Psychiatrist fired by Dunleavy returns to API with Wellpath
(Apr. 3) Head state Public Defender quits unexpectedly following confrontation with Dunleavy administration
(Multiple) Reactions to Dunleavy Budget from the “Road”: Juneau; Fairbanks; Ketchikan; Anchorage @ LIO; Kenai (ADN); Anchorage @49th State; Nome (Cole, ADN); Fairbanks @Westmark (Video); Kenai (House Finance); Mat-Su
(Apr. 3) Dunleavy aims to make Alaska first state with Medicaid block grants; (Apr. 5) Midnight Sun
(Apr. 3) Dunleavy continues fudging oil numbers in desperate bid for support of budget
(Apr. 2-3) Dunleavy Board of Fish and Game appointments meet with some concerns; ADN; News-Miner
(Apr. 3) Dunleavy threatens legislature, demands they pass constitutional amendments endorsed by Outside interests curtailing legislatures’, citizens’ authority
(Apr. 3) Passengers fear “giant step back” in light of ferry cuts
(Apr. 3) More ferry woes: State puts 2 fast ferries up for sale
(Apr. 2) Dunleavy administration sued to actually process Medicaid applications
(Apr. 2) Kenai City Council to vote on resolution to preserve Kenai Peninsula College funding
(Apr. 2) Juneau homeless services providers worry facilities to close with Dunleavy budget
(Apr. 2) Dunleavy constitutional amendment hitting bumps in Senate Judiciary
(Apr. 2) Dunleavy admin stonewalling public records request in regards to Alaska top cop pick
(Apr. 1) Dunleavy appointee tips ASD vote against opposing Dunleavy budget
(Apr. 1) Donna Arduin, Dunleavy’s budget writer, blames FDR for starting Great Depression
(Apr. 1) House considering extending moratorium on paying for school bonds
(Mar. 31) In exemplar of circular reasoning, Dunleavy wastes state money to ask Koch Brothers group to validate anti-tax policies supported by Koch acolytes
(Mar. 31) Providence reveals it offered to run API before state abruptly gave deal to out-of-state, Arduin-linked, murky corporation
(Mar. 30) Women leading civil disobedience to Dunleavy (plus other condescending Republicans)
(Mar. 29) Agriculture and the Budget: from dairies to peonies, research to marketing
(Mar. 29) Kenai Borough joins fight, endorsed by Kenai City Council, to reclaim fish revenue
(Mar. 29) All local elected bodies in Ketchikan Borough vote to oppose Dunleavy budget
(Mar. 29) Most Dunleavy cuts face legal, political obstacles
(Mar. 29) AFN letter to Dunleavy: Concern about divisiveness of budget
(Mar. 29) Dunleavy struggling to explain lie about cuts to ferry system
(Mar. 29) Dunleavy appointee for Mental Health Trust pulls name after inappropriate behavior
(Mar. 29) University looks for other funding while fighting budget cuts
(Mar. 29) House abandons Dunleavy’s budget; 5-to-1, Alaskans opposed Dunleavy budget
(Mar. 28) Here’s how the state is planning to cut Medicaid
(Mar. 28) UA President highlights achievements, budget woes during State of the Uni
(Mar. 28) Woman arrested at airport for non-violently confronting Dunleavy; Update
(Mar. 27) Dunleavy dismisses public testimony, threatens line item veto
(Mar. 27) This guy seriously hates the constitution: Dunleavy wants to ban Alaskans from using initiative to raise taxes
(Mar. 27) Dunleavy budget based on lies, straw men, and cherry picked statistics
(Mar. 26) Dunleavy/Arduin lies about education mask true crisis in education
(Mar. 26) Schools slated to close with Dunleavy budget in Kenai Peninsula Borough
(Mar. 26) House rejects shipping inmates out of state; Rep. Wilson trashes idea; House razes Dunleavy Corrections budget yet still finds $5 million more in cuts than he did
(Mar. 25) Conservative Soldotna City Council pushing back against Dunleavy budget
(Mar. 25) Alaska only state not to fund medical education? WWAMI defends itself.
(Mar. 24) Dunleavy aims to kill off last Alaskan dairy and stop new ones in process of coming online; (Mar. 25) Alaskans rally for dairy, owner confident Leg will find solution; House nixed cut in subcommittee
(Mar. 24) Alaskans rally against API privatization
(Mar. 23) Crime bills on hold in House until Dunleavy allows Law lawyers to testify in person
(Mar. 23) Dunleavy Department of Public Safety pick can’t clear background check; (Mar. 30) Midnight Sun
(Mar. 22) UAA will not renew lease at Eagle River campus
(Mar. 22) AK Chief Justice to Dunleavy: you don’t understand constitution, you have to appoint judge; Chief Justice’s letter; (Mar. 23) Cole; (Mar. 24) Landmine
(Mar. 22) Gov’s office spends state money to pay for ads encouraging pro-admin testimony
(Mar. 21) Mat-Su Schools pass preliminary budget, brace for cuts, class size increases
(Mar. 21) Remaining psychiatrists resign from API
(Mar. 21) Dunleavy, violating (again) Alaska constitution, refuses to name Palmer court vacancy; ADN
(Mar. 21) Juneau hospital faces grave uncertainty over state budget
(Mar. 21) Open meetings advocates trash Dunleavy’s fake public meetings
(Mar. 21) Ferry supporters rally, state wastes money to study privatization; ADN
(Mar. 21) Public skeptical that former Pebble employee and Dunleavy DEC pick could objectively regulate Pebble (probably more so now that the EPA Admin has recused himself)
(Mar. 21) Fake Alaskan Donna Arduin preparing policy to sell Alaska piecemeal
(Mar. 20) Trevor Shaw finally withdraws nomination for post; KTOO
(Mar. 20) House subcommittees restore University, Medicaid funds
(Mar. 20) Anchorage Assembly votes overwhelmingly in opposition to gov’s budget
(Mar. 19) House Finance scraps numerous Dunleavy cuts, sparing agriculture, fisheries, mining, VPSO’s, the corrections system, and public broadcasting
(Mar. 19) Dunleavy unveils Phase I $95 million cuts to Medicaid
(Mar. 19) Another Dunleavy appointment on the rocks due to social media
(Mar. 19) Outside special interest group Americans for Prosperity paying for Dunleavy “public meetings” that require signing rights away. Midnight Sun; ADN; Cole; AP.
(Mar. 19) Uni of Alaska students fight for budget for strong UA system
(Mar. 19) Dunleavy budget could shut down homeless services across state
(Mar. 18) Dunleavy admin targets UAF with more misleading information
(Mar. 14) Dunleavy budget a triple threat to public safety
(Mar. 14) Anchorage Schools with Dunleavy budget: 1,125 jobs cut, class sizes to 40
(Mar. 13) Lawmakers question why Dunleavy wants to cut money-making, citizen-approved cruise ship anti-pollution program
(Mar. 13) Juneau not spared: schools, borough take beating with Dunleavy proposal
(Mar. 13) UAF considering multiple options, including closing 3 res halls, to withstand budget
(Mar. 12) AMHS public testimony sets record as public resolutely opposes Dunleavy
(Mar. 12) State proposes to sell historic library and museum in Sitka, deemed “crazy”
(Mar. 12) Tanana Chief’s chair concerned over Dunleavy’s budget
(Mar. 12) Dunleavy, fudging numbers, attempts to rob North Slope Borough
(Mar. 11) “Holy Crap” - Mat-Su Borough grapples with Dunleavy budget
(Mar. 11) Larger classes, no sports, schools close: Kenai PBSD facing $22.4 M cut
(Mar. 11) Dunleavy promised to support seniors, cuts nearly 50-year-old support program
(Mar. 10) ALL THE LIES: From Troopers to education to the ferry system
(Mar. 10) Appointee failures to launch
(Mar. 9) Prolonged recession with Dunleavy budget
(Mar. 7) More foul smells with API privatization push
(Mar. 7) Even with super-size PFD, state to lose thousands of jobs; ADN article
(Mar. 6) Lawmakers want answers on Dunleavy budget impact, not getting them; more from Midnight Sun, Dermot Cole; (Mar. 9) Revenue Commissioner fudges facts; State’s Chief Economist at least apologized
(Mar. 5) Pioneer Home residents face up to 140% cost increase
(Mar. 5) BSA cut hides even larger education cuts
(Mar. 5) Dunleavy can’t stop lying about his awful UA cut
(Mar. 5) FNSB staring down 235 lost jobs per Dunleavy budget
(Mar. 4) Second Anchorage Caucus: Alaskans still decidedly opposed to governor
(Mar. 1) A weird compliment and public testimony 2:1 against Dunleavy’s budget
(Mar. 1) Fairbanks NSB Assembly condemns Dunleavy budget
(Feb. 28) Dunleavy’s own Dept. of Revenue blew budget fantasy well before budget
(Feb. 27) Non-partisan budget analyst wonders if budget designed to cause chaos
(Feb. 26) House likely kills Dunleavy’s PFD plans (Feb. 25) Dunleavy’s OMB lies about doctor stats to kill WWAMI
(Feb. 25) HUGE LIE Dunleavy promises no cuts to state services in budget



PFD

He ran on a full PFD with back pay, though he lied about his efforts to protect it in the legislature. He said he would “pay Alaskans back money owed to them after three years of dividend cuts” (which sounds like one big $6,700 check, which he never denied despite being given the opportunity numerous times).

His actual plan: over three years, but only if you’re still here and only if it survives the legislature each year. The legislature was skeptical before the budget came out about that plan; they seem to be in a far worse mood now. That’s before you consider some of the likely unconstitutional requirements. Apparently, even Dunleavy thought it might be too much because he didn’t include this plan in his actual budget proposal.

Oh, and if you thought that using the earnings reserve to help fund the state government was a tax, as Sen. Wielechowski (D - NE Anchorage) points out, Dunleavy’s draconian budget still uses $1 billion of that fund to get to balance.

(June 13) Be very afraid: Governor calls special session just for PFD, unfunded capital budget jeopardizing state funds and almost $1 billion in matching federal cash somehow left out, and unprecedented shutdown scenarios Dunleavy could trigger
(June 12) The “sweep”, how it threatens the Power Cost Equalization and college scholarships, a capital budget passed but unfunded due to Dunleavy-aligned House GOP minority (Alaska Public), and Dunleavy leaving option of not signing or even vetoing entire budget; state employees anxious as shutdown threat looms (KTVA)
(June 10) With Senate passage, government shutdown decision now 100% Dunleavy’s to make
(June 7) Wasilla special session could cost north of one million dollars
(June 6) Gov. wants another special session in Wasilla, legislature not fans (KTVA); Why? Lawmakers left crude, derogatory messages (see June 4); Also, Dunleavy does not believe in compromise but does in incitement (and more “Rally in the Valley”: Alaska Public, Juneau Empire)
(June 6) Alaska House Speaker calls for focus on budget after Senate whiffs PFD, Senate seems on board (ADN, Journal of Commerce)
(June 3) Dunleavy brings budget to brink with veto brinkmanship (and other issues with the PFD) (AP, Alaska Public, KTVA)
(May 18-23) Latest on the PFD: The dilemma; Legislature may violate its own withdrawal limits law; Public blasts proposal “out with a bang” dividend proposal (ADN, KTUU, Midnight Sun)
(May 13) Quaterly PFD payment idea nixed for now
(May 9) Legislators debating size of multi-billion dollar Permanent Fund transfer (ADN)
(May 7) House approves $8 billion Permanent Fund transfer
(May 2) Senate defers vote on new PFD formula
(May 2) Legislature heading into final days, things to look for (Cole)
(May 1-2) Senate tees up and passes budget, big debates still to happen (KTVA, ADN, KTOO, ADN, Empire, KTUU, Ledger)
(Apr. 30) Sitka House member suggests more moderate, prudent Earnings Reserve Account transfer than Senate
(Apr. 30 - May 1) PFD Formula: Senators hear opposition to PFD Formula rewrite, pass it anyways; clears Senate rules, heads to full Senate (News-Miner, KTUU, Midnight Sun)
(Apr. 24-29): All about the PFD: Midnight Sun, Sunday Minefield (very bottom) [PFD politics, maneuvers], Ledger [options], ADN [savings], ADN, Empire [lawmakers split], Ledger, Midnight Sun, Empire [lawmakers’ ideas, Fund’s future], KTUU [new money needed], What Happened (KTUU, KTVA, Ledger, ADN)
(Apr. 11) Senate considers putting its proposed 50-50 formula into constitution, KTOO; Dunleavy and House silent on size of PFD’s in budget
(Apr. 5) Senate Finance to consider new PFD formula
(Mar. 7) Which is it? Dunleavy economist challenged on dual PFD positions
(Mar. 7) Even with super-size PFD, state to lose thousands of jobs
(Mar. 5 fr. Feb 19) Permanent Fund Corp. Board of Trustees Frosty on Dunleavy Plan
(Feb. 26) House likely kills Dunleavy’s PFD plans


Education
(Early, K-12)

When Dunleavy said education reform was at the top of his list, I don’t think people expected a 19.8%, nearly $333 million cut to K-12 and elimination of early ed and Head Start funding. The hit to the Anchorage School District alone is about $138 million (see: Local Government below). Fairbanks North Star is estimating the $30 million cut will see 235 jobs lost.

(June 13) After pink slips, uncertainty, Dunleavy FINALLY releases $20 million for schools (KTOO)
(June 11) “Crazy”: Alaska school districts brace for potential state funding delay
(June 5) Dunleavy’s manufactured constitutional crisis with education poses dire threat to schools (especially in Rural), prompts pink slips
(May 31) Dunleavy budget uncertainty hampering teacher recruitment
(May 28) Legislatures ready to sue Dunleavy to protect education funding
(May 21 - 24) Dunleavy vows to cut off funding education starting July 1, violating multiple sections of Alaska Constitution; legislature responds: ADN, Midnight Sun, News-Miner, Cole on Threat, Cole on AG Clarkson; AP; KTOO
(May 15) Legislature thumbs nose at Dunleavy, doubles-down on forward funding
(May 11) Education funding fight all politics (KTVA, KTUU, Alaska Public)
(May 11) House and Senate bluntly reject Dunleavy’s “offer” on education funding
(May 10) Dunleavy says he won’t cut education funding if lawmakers make education funding available to cut (May 9 Midnight Sun, ADN, News-Miner)
(May 8) Dunleavy promises not to veto education funding after threatening line-item vetoes, PF Corporation head has no opinion on transfer size, pressure continues for ferry support
(May 8) Dunleavy poised to lose education funding battle
(May 6) KPB Assemblymember rallies to save Moose Pass School
(May 2) Legislature heading into final days, things to look for (Cole)
(May 1-2) Senate tees up and passes budget, big debates still to happen (KTVA, ADN, KTOO, ADN, Empire, KTUU, Ledger)
(May 1) In violation of constitution, Dunleavy admin sued by education non-profit to actually disburse $20 million appropriated by legislature for school districts (KTUU, AP)
(Apr. 30) Education supporters out in force as Mat-Su borough grapples with potential $19.5 million cut from the state
(Apr. 30) Juneau warns of property tax spike if bond-debt reimbursement cut; Anchorage officials issuing same warnings
(Apr. 24) An honest assessment of the cure to the ills of Alaska education
(Apr. 24) Anchorage Assembly asks Legislature, admin to find way to allow larger local education contributions
(Apr. 23) Senate releases budget, fewer cuts than house, Medicaid and AMHS cut more, University less, bond-debt restored in total; KTOO; AK Ledger; News-Miner
(Apr. 17) Is Alaska in danger of losing its teachers?
(Apr. 15) House extends moratorium on school bond-debt reimbursement
(Apr. 15) Candidate Dunleavy had no plans for cuts until he proposed massive cuts
(Apr. 13) Juneau students rally at Capitol to save education funding
(Apr. 11) Seward sounds off on consolidation possibilities in light of budget
(Apr. 11) House preserves forward funding of K-12 overwhelmingly, partial reinstatement of bond-debt reimbursement narrowly passes
(Apr. 11) Alaskans more generous than Dunleavy believes: PFD raffles raises almost $1M for public education
(Apr. 10) Ain’t just ANC: School-bond debt reimbursement cut to reverberate around Alaska
(Apr. 9) Responding to specter of Dunleavy budget, Kenai Peninsula schools looking at consolidations in Soldotna, Homer, Seward
(Apr. 7) Dunleavy lies about school costs (again); may become first governor never to correctly cite education statistic
(Apr. 5) On the Kenai, non-tenured teachers looking at the exit
(Apr. 4) Thanks for the tax hike! House Finance Republicans, minus Gary Knopp of Kenai, vote to rescind all school bond debt reimbursement, moratorium bill likely; average Anchorage homeowner to see $430 hike. News-Miner; ADN; Alaska Public Media; Midnight Sun
(Apr. 4) KPBSD requests extra money from borough to partially offset $22.4 million proposed cut from state; (Apr. 11) Public comment set on proposal for April 16
(Apr. 4) Mat-Su Teachers Wear Red, Voice Concerns over Education Cuts
(Apr. 4) House Finance busy: Pre-K spared, Fisheries supported, Medicaid takes $58 million cut, committee Republicans, emphasizing need for cool reason, ignore reason, vote to end Ocean Rangers and kill Alaska dairy industry.
(Apr. 3) House Finance: Education debt, fisheries taxes, Alaska Public Media
(Apr. 1) Dunleavy appointee tips ASD vote against Dunleavy budget
(Apr. 1) House considering extending moratorium on paying for school bonds
(Mar. 29) Most Dunleavy cuts face legal, political obstacles
(Mar. 26) Dunleavy/Arduin lies about education mask true crisis in education
(Mar. 26) Schools slated to close with Dunleavy budget in Kenai Peninsula Borough
(Mar. 21) Mat-Su Schools pass preliminary budget, brace for cuts, class size increases
(Mar. 14) Anchorage Schools with Dunleavy budget: 1,125 jobs cut, class sizes to 40
(Mar. 13) Juneau not spared: schools, borough take beating with Dunleavy proposal
(Mar. 12) State proposes to sell historic library and museum in Sitka, deemed “crazy”
(Mar. 11) Larger classes, no sports, schools close: Kenai PBSD facing $22.4 M cut
(Mar. 6) Southwest Alaska to see $6.4 million loss to education
(Mar. 5) BSA cut hides even larger education cuts
(Mar. 4) Dunleavy’s OMB lies about K-12 stats


University of alaska

Dunleavy sure as the day is long in summer did not campaign on a 41% cut to the University of Alaska (it is so bad that it pushed all but one Fairbanks legislator into a pan-partisan House Majority). Worse still, Dunleavy is getting help from the Alaska GOP and some legislators like State Senate President Cathy Giessel (R - SE Anchorage) in peddling the lie that it’s only a 17% cut (one should note that Sen. Giessel is no stranger to prevarication herself). The UA system president even said that closing UAA would not be enough to handle the $134 million cut.

Please note, those folks who live south of Soldotna (and especially in Homer), that Dunleavy’s proposals for the university were supported by Rep. Sarah Vance (R - Homer) - the very same legislator who has a disturbingly un-Alaskan fixation with titles and told off Homer high school students for daring to ask her not to cut education funding.

(May 30) After Dunleavy broadside, University of Alaska pondering going from 3 to 1
(May 23) Fairbanksans rally for UAF; meanwhile, KPB Assembly looking at increasing funding for KPC campuses
(May 17) UA President cautiously optimistic on University budget
(May 9) UA leaders debate licensure programs as Uni budget sits in conference
(May 7) University of Alaska lays off 48 (KTUU)
(May 2) Legislature heading into final days, things to look for (Cole)
(May 1-2) Senate tees up and passes budget, big debates still to happen (KTVA, ADN, KTOO, ADN, Empire, KTUU, Ledger)
(Apr. 23) Senate releases budget, fewer cuts than house, Medicaid and AMHS cut more, University less, bond-debt restored in total; KTOO; AK Ledger; News-Miner
(Apr. 15) Candidate Dunleavy had no plans for cuts until he proposed massive cuts
(Apr. 6) House Finance spares University Dunleavy’s cut, still delivers 3% ($10 million) cut
(Apr. 2) Kenai City Council to vote on resolution to preserve Kenai Peninsula College funding
(Apr. 1) UA President recommends discontinuing UAA education courses amid accreditation debacle.
(Mar. 29) University looks for other funding while fighting budget cuts
(Mar. 28) UA President highlights achievements, budget woes during State of the Uni
(Mar. 26) UA President’s State of the University Address
(Mar. 25) Alaska only state not to fund medical education? WWAMI defends itself.
(Mar. 22) UAA will not renew lease at Eagle River campus
(Mar. 20) House subcommittees restore University, Medicaid funds
(Mar. 19) Uni of Alaska students fight for budget for strong UA system
(Mar. 18) Dunleavy admin targets UAF with more misleading information
(Mar. 13) UAF considering multiple options, including closing 3 res halls, to withstand budget
(Mar. 6/7) UA President responds to Dunleavy’s spam letter; UA to lose 1,500 faculty/staff if Dunleavy budget implemented.
(Mar. 5) Dunleavy repeats lie about University of Alaska cut
(Feb. 25) Dunleavy’s OMB also lies about WWAMI stats


public safety

As a candidate, Dunleavy said that public safety was his highest priority. He railed against SB91. He wanted more prosecutors, more troopers, more resources to fight crime. Even some of the first bills he filed dealt with crime (some better than others).

His budget actually CUT their funding. $3 million decrease to Village Public Safety Officers and a major cut to the troopers whose pull-out has already negatively impacted the Seward Highway from McHugh Creek through Girdwood and down to Coopers Landing and Seward.

Let’s not forget that many of the employees Dunleavy targeted for illegal firings were state prosecutors. And, by slashing or stealing funds from local governments and pushing costs over, localities have reduced resources with which to fight crime - or help the state prosecute them (and the state relies greatly on Anchorage’s municipal prosecutors for extra labor power).

(May 19) With VPSO cuts, Dunleavy more wimp than warrior in “war on criminals”
(May 16) Legislature quickly agrees compromise on crime, votes to come next week (KTOO, AP, ADN, KTVA)
(May 16) One-in-three Alaska villages has no law enforcement presence, Dunleavy budget only worsens situation
(May 10) Why we can’t have nice things: Dunleavy admin deceives House Majority for political points, Wellpath in news for not treating mentally ill woman who gave birth in jail alone, FNSB property taxes spike due to Dunleavy budget and uncertainty
(May 6, 9) House passes repeal and replace of SB91 crime bill; Dunleavy actually endorses it (AP)
(May 2) Legislature heading into final days, things to look for (Cole)
(May 1-2) Senate tees up and passes budget, big debates still to happen (KTVA, ADN, KTOO, ADN, Empire, KTUU, Ledger)
(Apr. 16) Dunleavy’s appointments hit the legislature tomorrow (April 17): here’s a list of the ones that haven’t returned to the pits that spawned them
(Apr. 16) In unprecedented move, Dunleavy admin boosts beleaguered Public Safety appointee Price with ads (somehow missing the “plagiarism” and “absenteeism” parts); A bit more on Price (Apr. 13); KTUU
(Apr. 13) Dunleavy attempts to accelerate head of public defender’s departure, who contests Gov can’t
(Apr. 7) Sunday Landmine: Mike wastes money; Price’s questionable appointment heats up; and more on the resignations (forced or otherwise)
(Apr. 5) Dunleavy Public Safety Commissioner appointee Price under fresh scrutiny
(Apr. 4) Rural Alaska questions Dunleavy’s “anti-crime” commitment with VPSO cuts
(Mar. 26) House rejects shipping inmates out of state; Rep. Wilson trashes idea; House razes Dunleavy Corrections budget yet still finds $5 more in savings than he did
(Mar. 23) Crime bills on hold in House until Dunleavy allows Law lawyers to testify in person
(Mar. 14) Dunleavy budget a triple threat to public safety


medicaid and health care

(incl. API and Elder issues)

Dunleavy’s campaign said flat out that they were not running on rolling back Medicaid expansion (when they said anything at all about it). However, his budget would see Alaska lose a total of $761 million in spending ($249 million in state plus the federal match), meaning that for a good amount of the nearly 50,000 Alaskans who use the program (which includes many who work full time), their healthcare will disappear if the budget passes. As a think piece from a non-partisan health policy think tank stated, “Simply not spending money in health care won’t result in less healthcare spending.” Predictably, larger health groups are extremely worried, but so are community health centers, legislators, and current enrollees. Heck, even Ed King, Dunleavy’s chosen Chief Economist, said prior to his appointment that Medicaid cuts would be devastating and the PFD boost would not make up for this kind of budget.

Medicaid isn’t the only health choice threatened. The Pioneer Homes, already struggling with flat funding, are now facing massive cost increases, from 40 to 140%.

Per the new normal with the administration, they had no rationale (and no evidence exists that Donna Arduin bothered to see what the cuts would actually do), which even led the fiscally-conservative co-chair of Senate Finance, Sen. Natasha von Imhof (R - SW Anchorage) to call them Zorro cuts without clear reason.

(June 11) State says Medicaid payments will not be interrupted despite Dunleavy not having signed budget or indicating that he will
(June 11) Sen. Dunleavy blasts Gov. Dunleavy’s assault on Pioneer Homes
(June 7) Sitka Pioneer Home residents blast Dunleavy’s rate increase proposals
(June 6) Dunleavy awards contract/wastes money for Medicaid block grant study
(June 4) Medicaid payments in danger due to Dunleavy budget brinkmanship
(June 1) Dunleavy admin fires consultant for not changing its conclusions opposing privatizing API
(June 1) Pioneer Home residents, families rage against rate increase proposals
(May 31) Fairbanks utility will not sell compost due to same pollutants Dunleavy trying to allow
(May 21) Alaska worked to bring kids sent to Outside psychiatric facilities back, now sending them out again
(May 21) State seeks consultant to “review” Dunleavy Medicaid overhaul (AP)
(May 15) Dunleavy wasting $100,000 for Medicaid block grant “study”
(May 10) Why we can’t have nice things: Dunleavy admin deceives House Majority for political points, Wellpath in news for not treating mentally ill woman who gave birth in jail alone, FNSB property taxes spike due to Dunleavy budget and uncertainty
(May 8) Insufficient Funds for Senior benefits due to Dunleavy incompetence has human cost
(May 4) Doctors and dentists to Dunleavy: your budget is devastation to health care
(May 2) Legislature heading into final days, things to look for (Cole)
(May 1-2) Senate tees up and passes budget, big debates still to happen (KTVA, ADN, KTOO, ADN, Empire, KTUU, Ledger)
(Apr. 30) Fairbanks sues PFAS chemical pollutant makers over contamination (same chemicals whose protections Dunleavy admin has weakened)
(Apr. 27) What would Medicaid cut do to Juneau’s Bartlett hospital?
(Apr. 25) Dunleavy DHSS Commissioner downplays Medicaid block grant
(Apr. 23) Senate releases budget, fewer cuts than house, Medicaid and AMHS cut more, University less, bond-debt restored in total; KTOO; AK Ledger; News-Miner
(Apr. 23) API Fiasco: Former COO of Soldotna hospital chosen to head API; Legislature has different ideas for API than Dunleavy; DHSS Commissioner Crum withheld info from legislature; State cancels Wellpath Contract (ADN, AP, Cole, KTOO) despite claiming days before that API could close; (Apr. 19) Unions push for management change at API
(Apr. 18-20) DHSS Com. Crum: Refused to answer basic question about spending; denied that Alaska was not aiming to block grant Medicaid despite letter asking for that; pulled a 180-degree position shift on Medicaid expansion within three days
(Apr. 19) Dunleavy lies about senior benefits suspension
(Apr. 16) State makes no progress to restore senior benefits cut
(Apr. 15) Candidate Dunleavy had no plans for cuts until he proposed massive cuts
(Apr. 15) Dunleavy proposes to move Medicaid recipients to private insurance in yet another terrible healthcare move
(Apr. 14) Dunleavy attempts to blame legislature for stop in Seniors Benefits, rebuked by House, Senate, state statute
(Apr. 14) Alaskans push back on Medicaid block grant attempt
(Apr. 11) API Fiasco: Judge to rule is state violating rights of mentally ill
(Apr. 11) In midst of budget battles, caring for Alaska’s seniors
(Apr. 11) In stunning display of incompetence, Dunleavy admin forced to suspend senior benefits due to lack of funds; Midnight Sun; ADN; (Apr. 12) AP
(Apr. 8) Dunleavy budget threatens Anchorage transitional housing programs
(Apr. 8) State Senate blasts Dunleavy’s Medicaid cuts as unrealistic flim-flam
(Apr. 6) House lawmakers ask state to throw out API contract
(Apr. 5) State healthcare director resigns abruptly
(Apr. 4) House Finance busy: Pre-K spared, Fisheries supported, Medicaid takes $58 million cut, committee Republicans, emphasizing need for cool reason, ignore reason, vote to end Ocean Rangers and kill Alaska dairy industry.
(Apr. 4) House panel ends Dunleavy plan to cut Seniors Benefits; KTUU
(Apr. 3) Dunleavy aims to make Alaska first state with Medicaid block grants; (Apr. 5) Midnight Sun
(Apr. 2) Dunleavy administration sued to actually process Medicaid applications
(Apr. 2) Juneau homeless services providers worry facilities to close with Dunleavy budget
(Mar. 31) Providence reveals it offered to run API before state abruptly gave deal to out-of-state, Arduin-linked, murky corporation
(Mar. 29) Most Dunleavy cuts face legal, political obstacles
(Mar. 28) Here’s how the state is planning to cut Medicaid
(Mar. 24) Alaskans rally against API privatization
(Mar. 21) Remaining psychiatrists resign from API
(Mar. 21) Juneau hospital faces grave uncertainty over state budget
(Mar. 20) House subcommittees restore University, Medicaid funds
(Mar. 20) Dunleavy Medicaid Cuts (Juneau Empire)
(Mar. 19) Dunleavy unveils Phase I $95 million cuts to Medicaid
(Mar. 19) Dunleavy budget could shut down homeless services across state
(Mar. 11) Dunleavy promised to support seniors, cuts nearly 50-year-old support program


rural alaska

At his inauguration, he promised rural Alaskans that “you aren’t going to be an afterthought.” He even told the 2018 AFN gathering that there would be no cuts (also backtracking on bringing back boarding schools). Seeing what he and OMB Director Donna “It’s not my job to care” Arduin have done to the budget, it might have been better to have been forgotten.

In his first round of firings, he KO’ed a state employee critical to a million dollar federal grant for tribal courts. And it’s only gotten worse. Dunleavy’s budget cuts in general hit rural Alaska the hardest - particularly education, health care, and public safety (VPSO’s are seeing a $3 million decrease - as do his proposals to steal local tax revenues and raid the Power Cost Equalization fund, which will likely see rural power costs spike. Rural Alaska also stands to lose a good chunk of public radio funding, critical for these areas.

State Sen. Donny Olson (D - Golovin) has said that Dunleavy is “declaring war on rural residents” and is balancing the budget on rural Alaska’s back.

(June 5) Dunleavy’s manufactured constitutional crisis with education poses dire threat to schools (especially in Rural), prompts pink slips
(June 5) With state retreat, Denali Borough mayor to propose marijuana and alcohol tax
(May 22) Native leaders slam Dunleavy admin over failure of child welfare talks
(May 2) Legislature heading into final days, things to look for (Cole)
(May 1) Dunleavy budget cost to local governments, taxpayers: $900 million
(May 1-2) Senate tees up and passes budget, big debates still to happen (KTVA, ADN, KTOO, ADN, Empire, KTUU, Ledger)
(Apr. 24) In reversal and break of campaign promise, Dunleavy refuses to work with Native tribes (KTUU, Delta Discovery)
(Apr. 19) Senate unveils plan to keep a reduced ferry service running through winter; Empire (Apr. 17)
(Apr. 16) DPS Commissioner appointee Amanda Price, dismissive of VPSO program, up for vote Wednesday, April 17; more on her here (Apr. 13)
(Apr. 15) Candidate Dunleavy had no plans for cuts until he proposed massive cuts
(Apr. 12) Not impressed: Tlingit-Haida president condemns Dunleavy’s budget after his presentation
(Apr. 4) Rural Alaska questions Dunleavy’s “anti-crime” commitment with VPSO cuts
(Apr. 4) House Finance busy: Pre-K spared, Fisheries supported, Medicaid takes $58 million cut, committee Republicans, emphasizing need for cool reason, ignore reason, vote to end Ocean Rangers and kill Alaska dairy industry.
(Mar. 26) Dunleavy/Arduin lies about education mask true crisis in education
(Mar. 12) State proposes to sell historic library and museum in Sitka, deemed “crazy”
(Mar. 12) Tanana Chief’s chair concerned over Dunleavy’s budget
(Mar. 12) Dunleavy, fudging numbers, attempts to rob North Slope Borough


alaska marine highway

Notably absent from Dunleavy’s June 2018 speech in Ketchikan was the massive cut to the ferry system that even Sen. Mike Shower, one of the most conservative members of the state senate (who holds Dunleavy’s old seat), said could “strangle those communities” after service stops October 1.
The AMHS cuts are not just a serious problem for Southeast Alaska. Prince William Sound communities like Whittier, Kodiak, the Kenai, and beyond are threatened.

(June 11) State mismanagement of ferry system threatens Marine Highway communities
(May 18, 20) Ferries: Legislature approves $46M to prevent fall ferry shut down; Alaska may have to pay armed Canadian police at ferry terminal
(May 12) Kodiak rallies for the Ferries
(May 9) Huge protest to protect ferries at Capitol
(May 9) Citizens group to focus on saving, sustaining SE Alaska ferry system
(May 8) Dunleavy promises not to veto education funding after threatening line-item vetoes, PF Corporation head has no opinion on transfer size, pressure continues for ferry support
(May 6) Large crowds turn out to tour new ferry as system’s future in doubt
(May 5) As first Alaska-built ferry is unveiled, Dunleavy throws breaks on reforms giving ferries more autonomy by firing AMHS’s chief
(May 3) Senate draft capital budget protects ferries, rebukes Dunleavy requests
(May 2) Legislature heading into final days, things to look for (Cole)
(May 1-2) Senate tees up and passes budget, big debates still to happen (KTVA, ADN, KTOO, ADN, Empire, KTUU, Ledger)
(Apr. 23) Senate releases budget, fewer cuts than house, Medicaid and AMHS cut more, University less, bond-debt restored in total; KTOO; AK Ledger; News-Miner
(Apr. 23) State considers new ferry terminal near Juneau for newer ferries
(Apr. 19) Senate unveils plan to keep a reduced ferry service running through winter; Empire (Apr. 17)
(Apr. 15) Candidate Dunleavy had no plans for cuts until he proposed massive cuts
(Apr. 15) State plans to award contract for ferry options protested
(Apr. 12) Fun facts of the Marine Highway (via Rep. Louise Stutes [R-Kodiak])
(Apr. 10) Ferries and fisheries safe in House budget - now to Senate, Gov
(Apr. 3) Passengers fear “giant step back” in light of ferry cuts
(Apr. 3) More ferry woes: State puts 2 fast ferries up for sale
(Mar. 29) Dunleavy struggling to explain lie about cuts to ferry system
(Mar. 21) Ferry supporters rally, state wastes money to study privatization; ADN
(Mar. 12) AMHS public testimony sets record as public resolutely opposes Dunleavy


Cannabis

He said he wouldn’t touch it and would respect the voters’ (repeated) choice(s). Since then, he removed pro-cannabis members of the state’s main regulatory entity (the Marijuana Control Board or MCB), replacing them with anti-pot appointees for ‘valuable perspective’, and proposed dissolving the MCB and giving its powers to his handpicked commissioner - meaning the anti-cannabis Dunleavy effectively gets decision power over cannabis, one of Alaska’s only growing industries.

(June 5) With state retreat, Denali Borough mayor to propose marijuana and alcohol tax
(Apr. 24) Dunleavy gives up on repeal of Marijuana Control Board (for now) (KTUU); expect recess appointments
(Apr. 17) Pot prohibitionist Stivers rejected by one vote by legislature
(Apr. 16) Dunleavy’s appointments hit the legislature tomorrow (April 17): here’s a list of the ones that haven’t returned to the pits that spawned them


Fishing, Hunting, Farming, Mining

Who’d have thunk Mike Dunleavy ever represented the Mat-Su? His budget would gut agricultural spending in Alaska across the board: Alaska Grown, Farm to School, and even the DNR employee who inspects the state’s dairy, which could force it to close.

Recreation isn’t spared either. Trails maintenance, such as for snowmachines, is getting cut.

Anyone who uses Recording Offices outside Anchorage (so pretty much anyone not in Anchorage) will also get a kick to the pants: they’ll be closed with Dunleavy’s budget, a major hit in Fairbanks and the Interior, which explains Sen. Click Bishop’s (R - Fairbanks) less than enthusiastic response.

It would be great to see how ADF&G and our fishing and hunting will be effected. However, Dunleavy has gagged the department from answering the questions. He’s already threatening fishing communities with tax grabs (see below). Might be a good idea to buy your licenses ASAP to avoid a fee hike (you know, assuming they can open seasons on time).

(June 13) Be very afraid: Governor calls special session just for PFD, unfunded capital budget jeopardizing state funds and almost $1 billion in matching federal cash somehow left out, and unprecedented shutdown scenarios Dunleavy could trigger
(June 3) Major Alaska cruise operator in court again for pollution (and Dunleavy wanted to kill the citizen-devised program that prevents this) (KTUU)
(June 3) Dunleavy taps former aide, unknown to fishing community, for Board of Fish
(Apr. 24) Dunleavy’s ag cuts would threaten industry in Alaska, increase food insecurity
(Apr. 23) With Dunleavy privatization push, ADF&G forced to consider selling hatcheries, would cost state greatly
(Apr. 17) Board of Fisheries nominee Johnstone tossed due to character, bias, harassment allegations
(Apr. 16) Battle brews over Johnstone appointment to Board of Fish
(Apr. 12) Governor’s Board of Fish appointments draw fire from fishers
(Apr. 11) Despite surprisingly anti-agricultural tilt of Valley and Eagle River GOP Reps, Alaska dairy inspector and dairy industry preserved; Mat-Valley Frontiersman (Apr. 10) Havemeister plight makes national news
(Apr. 10) Ferries and fisheries safe in House budget - now to Senate, Gov
(Apr. 10) Opinion: Dunleavy appointments would polarize Board of Fish (also would pay back second largest campaign contributor)
(Apr. 6) Alaska agriculture industry faces great deal of uncertainty with Dunleavy
(Apr. 5) State spending makes money? And how: Fish and Game data show almost 60 fold return on investment, almost $12 billion economic impact
(Apr. 5) Bad day for fishing and clean water: Dunleavy DEC quietly kills regulation for chemical contamination that caused closure of two lakes to fishing; (Apr. 2) Dunleavy DEC and U.S. EPA work to relax water pollution rules, boon to Pebble Mine and Cook Inlet oil
(Apr. 4) Claiming need to end subsidies, House Finance votes to kill Alaska dairy industry (bitter irony: same panel voted to give $70 million to oil companies)
(Apr. 4) Alaska House Finance votes to end public-created, money-making anti-cruise ship pollution program
(Apr. 4) House Finance busy: Pre-K spared, Fisheries supported, Medicaid takes $58 million cut, committee Republicans, emphasizing need for cool reason, ignore reason, vote to end Ocean Rangers and kill Alaska dairy industry.
(Apr. 3) House Finance: Education debt, fisheries taxes, Alaska Public Media
(Mar. 29) Agriculture and the Budget: from dairies to peonies, research to marketing
(Mar. 29) Kenai Borough joins fight, endorsed by Kenai City Council, to reclaim fish revenue
(Mar. 24) Dunleavy aims to kill off last Alaskan dairy and stop new ones in process of coming online; (Mar. 25) Alaskans rally for dairy, owner confident Leg will find solution; House nixed cut in subcommittee
(Mar. 13) Lawmakers question why Dunleavy wants to cut money-making, citizen-approved cruise ship anti-pollution program


Local Government

If you are one of the 97% of Alaskans living in an incorporated local government (city, borough, or unified municipality), then your locality is probably about to have money stolen from it and your local taxes likely to increase and/or services dramatically decrease - something Dunleavy definitely did not mention.

Anchorage is looking at an average tax increase of over $1,400 just to cover the education cuts. Fishing communities like Unalaska, Kodiak, and Cordova are slated to lose $28 million. But the worst hit are communities with a lot of oil production facilities (keep in mind, the oil industry’s tax credit payouts actually increased in this budget): the North Slope Borough and City of Valdez are slated to lose over 80% of their revenue each, threatening the existence of the two. Outside credit ratings agencies - whose ratings are used to determine everything from the cost of municipal debt to the amount of borrowing available to them - are already saying this budget could severely impact the credit of Alaskan local governments.

The Alaska Municipal League has condemned the budget. Anchorage’s mayor blasted it while the prospect of increasing property taxes looms. The Mat-Su Borough is looking at a nearly $60 million loss (including on bond reimbursement from a project that Dunleavy himself voted to approve based on that reimbursement!) - causing one Assemblyman to call the governor’s actions a “war on municipalities.”

And, apparently, the Dunleavy administration doesn’t know and doesn’t care if local governments have to dissolve because of their budget.

(June 13) Be very afraid: Governor calls special session just for PFD, unfunded capital budget jeopardizing state funds and almost $1 billion in matching federal cash somehow left out, and unprecedented shutdown scenarios Dunleavy could trigger
(June 5) Dunleavy’s manufactured constitutional crisis with education poses dire threat to schools (especially in Rural), prompts pink slips
(June 5) With state retreat, Denali Borough mayor to propose marijuana and alcohol tax
(May 10) Why we can’t have nice things: Dunleavy admin deceives House Majority for political points, Wellpath in news for not treating mentally ill woman who gave birth in jail alone, FNSB property taxes spike due to Dunleavy budget and uncertainty (more on property taxes: News-Miner)
(May 8) With local governments stressed by Dunleavy uncertainty, KPB to consider bed tax
(May 2) Legislature heading into final days, things to look for (Cole)
(May 1) Dunleavy budget cost to local governments, taxpayers: $900 million
(May 1-2) Senate tees up and passes budget, big debates still to happen (KTVA, ADN, KTOO, ADN, Empire, KTUU, Ledger)
(Apr. 30) Juneau warns of property tax spike if bond-debt reimbursement cut; Anchorage officials issuing same warnings
(Apr. 23) Anchorage Assembly passes budget, final tax bill in Dunleavy’s hands
(Apr. 23) Senate releases budget, fewer cuts than house, Medicaid and AMHS cut more, University less, bond-debt restored in total; KTOO; AK Ledger; News-Miner
(Apr. 15) House extends moratorium on school bond-debt reimbursement
(Apr. 11) House preserves forward funding of K-12 overwhelmingly, partial reinstatement of bond-debt reimbursement narrowly passes; ADN; House passes budget
(Apr. 10) Ain’t just ANC: School-bond debt reimbursement cut to reverberate around Alaska
(Apr. 10) Anchorage Economic Development Corp. issues letter noting concern about budget cuts to state’s economic health
(Apr. 6) Juneau city government trashes Dunleavy, legislature’s budgets.
(Apr. 5) First up: FNSB proposed budget includes property tax increase courtesy of Dunleavy
(Apr. 4) Shooting in dark, City and Borough of Juneau begin budget work
(Apr. 4) Thanks for the tax hike! House Finance Republicans, minus Gary Knopp of Kenai, vote to rescind all school bond debt reimbursement, moratorium bill likely; average Anchorage homeowner to see $430 hike. News-Miner; ADN; Alaska Public Media; Midnight Sun
(Apr. 3) House Finance: Education debt, fisheries taxes, Alaska Public Media
(Apr. 2) Kenai City Council to vote on resolution to preserve Kenai Peninsula College funding
(Mar. 29) Kenai Borough joins fight, endorsed by Kenai City Council, to reclaim fish revenue
(Mar. 29) All local elected bodies in Ketchikan vote to oppose Dunleavy budget
(Mar. 25) Conservative Soldotna City Council pushing back against Dunleavy budget
(Mar. 20) Anchorage Assembly votes overwhelmingly in opposition to gov’s budget
(Mar. 13) Juneau not spared: schools, borough take beating with Dunleavy proposal
(Mar. 12) Dunleavy, fudging numbers, attempts to rob North Slope Borough
(Mar. 11) “Holy Crap” - Mat-Su Borough grapples with Dunleavy budget
(Mar. 1) Fairbanks NSB Assembly condemns Dunleavy budget


“Trustworthy government”

With all the lies from Dunleavy himself, it seems bitterly ironic to put trustworthy government here. But, he did promise it. Instead, we have a swamp of double-standards, conflicts of interest, illegal firings, appointments so bad they strain credulity, kick backs, and just plain rotten governance.

Despite the billions of dollars in cuts, guess who raised his own budget by 7.6%, flies first class on the state dime, and hired a $195,000/year Outside budget director with a resume of failures who can’t be arsed to analyze the consequences of her recommendations? That’s right! It’s Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy!

We are losing track of his terrible appointments and the number of new six-figure, what-the-hell jobs Dunleavy has created. (Here’s a decent overview as of Jan. 27)

Here’s what we got so far:
- It all started with firing several apolitical state employees and demanding a loyalty oath to keep their jobs. Targets included the state’s IT department, prosecutors, and API. Now Dunleavy’s getting sued.
- Then there’s founding member of the Corrupt Bastards Club who will be paid $150,000 per year to advise the governor. My guess will be on how to launder bribe money.
- His first Dept. of Administration commissioner appointee quit due to lying on his resume (apparently the admin didn’t think of doing HR 101 and calling references). - Another DOA pick pulled out because he was vile and detestable (yeah, that bad).
- His current DOA commissioner pick’s husband is getting a new six-figure job doing God knows what at the Dept of Education. She also, despite growing up here, seems to think Alaska’s oil fields are in the north pole (for the record, the actual pole is in international waters and owned by no country).
- Adam Crum, his appointee for the Dept. of Health and Social Services - the largest and arguably most technically challenging, has zero health policy experience. He even admitted as much! If you have ever read an insurance explanation of benefits, you’re more qualified than Crum for his job.
- Dunleavy has a new “constitutional advisor”, Dick Randolph, at a hefty cost who thinks the Alaska Constitution is garbage. Amusingly, what Randolph hates the most is what ultimately allows the PFD, which Dunleavy claims to want to put in the constitution (despite, again, voting against it 6 times in the legislature - even when one of the bills was his!)
- He’s hired right-wing talk radio hosts Amy Demboski and Rick Rydell into cushy, well-paid jobs in his office and the Dept. of Fish and Game (admittedly, they seem to be qualified for their posts and less talk radio of any kind is generally good for humanity).
- In another slap to both Alaska voters and Bristol Bay residents and fishers, Dunleavy appointed the pro-Pebble Mine Jason Brune to head the Dept. of Environmental Conservation, which controls permitting for mining.
- For UA Board of Regents, Dunleavy picked conspiracy theorist and hyper-partisan Tammy Randolph (thankfully, she quit because people can Google).
- For the Commission on Judicial Conduct - the body that investigates the behavior of judges among other tasks - we get dodged-a-recall-by-resigning-amid-questions-about-closeness-with-an-admitted-child-sex-predator former Ketchikan Gateway Borough School Board president Trevor Shaw.
- In an ironic yet predictable twist, Dunleavy’s appointment to the Alaska Workforce Compensation Board, Christopher Twiford, was arrested and charged with numerous felonies for assault.
- Apparently, the new First Lady, Rose Dunleavy, just can’t hack it on her own (like every other Alaskan First Spouse). We’re now shelling out $70,000 a year for her to have an anti-LGBTQ+ executive assistant (who may be living at the Governor’s Mansion).

- Dunleavy and Co. also decided to throw former state Sen. Hollis French off the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (the main sin of the former senator is making AOGCC do something when gas was leaking into Cook Inlet). Should we be surprised that somehow former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan applied for it before French’s targeting was public? Or that apparently Hilcorp, the billion dollar Outside energy company who was leaking said gas into Cook Inlet, “donated” $25,000 to Dunleavy’s shadow campaign about two weeks after Dunleavy moved to fire French? No, not really. If you were looking for transparent and trustworthy government, keep looking.

- He has gagged the Dept of Fish & Game and refuses to allow them to be transparent about his proposals for the department (see Fishing above).
- His budget will result in tax increases for Alaskans - whether in the form of increased fees or localities having to make up the cut or stolen revenue to support basic services. But as long as he doesn’t have to sign the bill to do it, it’s not really a tax increase, is it?

- Did we mention his paying of the House minority leader’s wife at an annual rate of $185,000 to run communications? That’s right, Mary Ann Pruitt, wife of Lance Pruitt (R - East Anchorage), is feasting on the equivalent of about 30 supersized PFD’s to basically say “no comment” all the time, gag agencies, and confuse anyone who has worked on political messaging by seemingly not doing any of it. (Keep in mind, we’re also paying $115,000 per year for Dunleavy’s press secretary - starting to see how his budget is up almost 10% now?)
- The same Mrs. Pruitt tried to hide a side-job of $200,000, which APOC dismissed and stated she must obey the disclosure law (what a concept, obeying the law).

- It seems Dunleavy’s DOA may have stage-managed the crisis at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) they used to justify the sole-source emergency contract to a company with a troubling history (and from which Donna Arduin, Outside OMB Director) despite the fact it doesn’t help the state’s budget.
- Dunleavy’s administration has straight-up done zero economic analysis on their budget (see links to articles at top on March 6th hearing), which, for the record, is their job to provide.
- Another of the governor’s very well-vetted (read: a dart board is the vetter) nominees found themselves in hot water for Islamophobic social media posts, re-tweeting noted conspiracy theorists, and stonewalling if not straight up lying about what he has said.

- An APOC-violating Outside group dumped tens of thousands of dollars to back candidates for Anchorage School Board. On its own, disturbing news because global tobacco and alcohol companies really shouldn’t have an iota of a say in how Alaskan communities run their schools. But guess what? Dunleavy’s own “temporary” comms director, Mary Ann Pruitt, is the one whose company is placing their ads (this is the same company whose business she tried to hide from disclosure).
- And to add more to the sleaziness, Dunleavy has used state money to drum up support for his policies in testimony (because the actual public hates his ideas).
- Add insult to injury, his “public” events to discuss the budget are actually private, extremely invasive, idea-controlled events funded 100% by Americans for Prosperity, an Outside special interest group that spews the same garbage in every state. (Landmine, Cole, ADN, AP, KTOO)

- Small victories: Trevor Shaw (see above) finally withdrew his nomination. (KTOO)
- Dunleavy really must hate the Alaska Constitution (see Randolph, Dick above). Apparently, the Alaska Republican Party does, too as they full-throatedly backed the governor’s illegal decision not to fill a Palmer judgeship within the time frame prescribed. This insanity prompted State Supreme Court Chief Justice Joel Bolger to have to respond in an emergency Judicial Council meeting to say, in summary, “Yeah…no. You’re clueless.” After a come-to-Jesus meeting between the Chief Justice and Governor, Dunleavy seemed to find religion and announced he would fill the vacancy pronto.
-(Mar. 21) Public skeptical that former Pebble employee and Dunleavy DEC pick could objectively regulate Pebble (probably more so now that the EPA Administrator has recused himself)
- (Mar. 23) Dunleavy Department of Public Safety pick can’t clear background check; I can’t make this stuff up: (Mar. 30) Midnight Sun
-(Mar. 21) Fake Alaskan Donna Arduin preparing policy to sell Alaska piecemeal
- (Mar. 27) This guy seriously hates the constitution: Dunleavy wants to ban Alaskans from using initiative to raise taxes
- If you thought he was a sleazeball for hiding in private Americans for Prosperity funded events, then just wait until you hear how he dismissed the thousands of Alaskans who have criticized his budget (which itself is based on bad data, straw men arguments, and cherry-picked statistics)
- By the way, since actual experience and pretty much anyone who can do math or economics in Alaska knows Dunleavy’s policies are terrible, Dunleavy is wasting state money asking the former employer of his budget’s author, fake Alaskan Donna Arduin, to validate his policies. (Fun fact: this woman thinks the New Deal caused the Great Depression and seems to think it’s only ‘arguabl[e]’ that WWII happened)
- It should also be noted that the governor continues to lie wildly about growth in Alaska oil production - and especially from income from that oil.

- I’m not sure he even vets nominees. Yet another Dunleavy appointee pulls their name after an investigation reveals they behaved inappropriately at a bar in Juneau.
- The appointment hell never seems to stop. Dunleavy dropped seven names for the Boards of Fish and Game, including one rejected by a Republican majority government for conflicts of interest, one who worked for Pebble Mine until last year, and another with a history of ignoring science and insulting behavior. The Board of Fish would also somehow wind up to the liking of Dunleavy’s second-largest campaign contributor (outside of his brother).
- It seems Amanda Price, the already troubled pick to lead the Department of Public Safety, has more issues than just a background check. The admin seems to be stonewalling records requests to verify plagiarism charges. (AP) (Apr. 11) Also, she may have been less than honest about her degree; and she was known for chronic absenteeism.
- The purges aren’t done. On April 3, the head of the Public Defenders Agency abruptly quit followed by the Friday departure of the state healthcare director; reasons are not fully clear, but it looks like they were pushed out by the administration.
- For more on Price, Steiner, and Brodie’s resignations (and now another Deputy AG), click here.

- The governor is continuing his war on the Alaska constitution by threatening the legislature and people of Alaska with line item vetoes if the legislature doesn’t approve his three constitutional amendments. Two of these amendments are backed by the same shady Outside group, Americans for Prosperity, whose events Dunleavy spent state money to promote and would strip the legislature of some appropriation power (despite this same issue causing a budget crisis in Colorado) and allow the legislature to veto citizen initiatives. SJR 6, the spending cap, is also facing some constitutional concerns in Senate Judiciary. Save the Constitution!
- Update (Apr. 11): Senate, moving away from Dunleavy amendment proposals, introduces statutory spending cap

- More sketchiness: (Apr. 5) Bad day for fishing and clean water: Dunleavy DEC quietly kills regulation for chemical contamination that caused closure of two lakes to fishing; (Apr. 2) Dunleavy DEC and U.S. EPA work to relax water pollution rules, boon to Pebble Mine and Cook Inlet oil; (Apr 8-13) With no science behind it, why is Dunleavy admin hell-bent on exposing Alaskans to polluted water? (Article 2, 3, 4)
- Former Pebble guy working to pollute water aka Dunleavy DEC commissioner appointee Jason Brune lies about and belittles Alaska’s mining regulatory framework, probably in further attempt to boost Pebble Mine.
- Throwbacks from February: In scrapping Alaska climate team and plan, state risks business investments and lack of preparation for potentially costly adverse effects; ADN opinion

- Dunleavy’s administration recently managed to royally screw over Alaskan seniors with a sudden halt to Senior Benefits payments. Because owning an issue does not come naturally to anyone in this dissimulator-filed administration, Dunleavy attempted to blame the legislature (and was rebuked by the House, the Senate, and the very statute he used as a defense).

- To add to the continuation of questionable jobs given to questionable people in Dunleavy’s administration, he just designated someone with zero experience in labor relations to become the state’s labor relations manager, paying $94,000/year and managing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts. At this point, every millennial in Alaska should be asking for a raise, particularly if they are qualified to do their job.

-(June 13) Be very afraid: Governor calls special session just for PFD, unfunded capital budget jeopardizing state funds and almost $1 billion in matching federal cash somehow left out, and unprecedented shutdown scenarios Dunleavy could trigger
-(June 12) The “sweep”, how it threatens the Power Cost Equalization and college scholarships, a capital budget passed but unfunded due to Dunleavy-aligned House GOP minority (Alaska Public), and Dunleavy leaving option of not signing or even vetoing entire budget; state employees anxious as shutdown threat looms (KTVA)
-(June 11) State says Medicaid payments will not be interrupted despite Dunleavy not having signed budget or indicating that he will
-(June 11) Sen. Dunleavy blasts Gov. Dunleavy’s assault on Pioneer Homes
-(June 10) With Senate passage, government shutdown decision now 100% Dunleavy’s to make
-(June 7) Wasilla special session could cost north of one million dollars
-(June 6) Gov. wants another special session in Wasilla, legislature not fans (KTVA); Why? Lawmakers left crude, derogatory messages (see June 4); Also, Dunleavy does not believe in compromise but does in incitement (and more “Rally in the Valley”: Alaska Public, Juneau Empire)
-(June 4) Some of the fruits of Dunleavy’s illegal and unethical state-funded ad campaign
-(June 3) Major Alaska cruise operator in court again for pollution (and Dunleavy wanted to kill the citizen-devised program that prevents this) (KTUU)
-(June 3) Dunleavy brings budget to brink with veto brinkmanship (and other issues with the PFD) (AP, Alaska Public, KTVA)
-(June 3) Dunleavy taps former aide, unknown to fishing community, for Board of Fish
-(June 1) Dunleavy admin fires consultant for not changing its conclusions opposing privatizing API
-(May 31) AIDEA’s political payout to Dunleavy donor grandson indefensible
-(May 31) Fairbanks utility will not sell compost due to same pollutants Dunleavy trying to allow
-(May 30) Former Dunleavy official turned AIDEA head has a bizarre response to the corrupt half-million dollar contract to grandson of Dunleavy sugar daddy
-(May 26) Water Pollution: Dunleavy obfuscates rationale to allow more pollution of water; meanwhile, state begins shipping water to Yakutat where wells were contaminated by the chemicals effected by regulation weakening; Dunleavy admin OK’s much more expansive oil and gas industry waste discharge into Cook Inlet
-(May 25) BIG: Dunleavy likely broke law with state-paid political attack ads (Cole)
-(May 23) Deadline for layoff notices imminent as Dunleavy admin both clueless and intransigent
-(May 15) Dunleavy wasting $100,000 for Medicaid block grant “study”
-(May 14) One of most conservative House Republicans says Dunleavy acted in “bad faith” on crime bill negotiations
-(May 14) Sole source contract to Dunleavy deputy treasurer should have gone to competitive bid, if it was necessary at all
-(May 13) Dunleavy lawyers request jury trial in loyalty pledge case
-(May 13) Dunleavy sides with Pebble against fishermen
-(May 12) DEC Commissioner forced to defend weakening of drinking water regs
-(May 12) Dunleavy denies (pretty obvious) loyalty pledge claims in lawsuit
-(May 12) Dunleavy, crossing ethical and possibly legal lines, targets legislators, runs de facto independent expenditure with state money; staff shake ups; and some other stuff in JNU
-(May 10) Why we can’t have nice things: Dunleavy admin deceives House Majority for political points, Wellpath in news for not treating mentally ill woman who gave birth in jail alone, FNSB property taxes spike due to Dunleavy budget and uncertainty
-(May 9) DEC senior staff objects to Dunleavy weakening drinking water standards (AP, Cole)
-(May 7) Vic Fischer, last surviving signer of Alaska Constitution, blasts Dunleavy’s constitutional proposals (AP, KTOO)
-(May 7) Must be nice: Dunleavy admin sends another lucrative sole-source contract to family of one of largest donors
-(May 2) Dark money shadow group with close ties to Dunleavy admin somehow pops up again: this time with our constitution
-(May 1) Mary Ann Pruitt, Dunleavy’s temporary-permanent comms director, finally files legally required financial disclosures
-(Apr. 25) Partisan Ohio-based Koch group and former Dunleavy budget hatchet-woman former employer praises Dunleavy’s budgets, fails - like Arduin and Dunleavy - to assess impacts
-(Apr. 25) Southeast business owners slam Dunleavy’s budget (Empire)
-(Apr. 25) Dunleavy phones a friend to make sure Warehouse Alaska at full speed
-(Apr. 24) In reversal and break of campaign promise, Dunleavy refuses to work with Native tribes (KTUU)
-(Apr. 24) An honest assessment of the cure to the ills of Alaska education
-(Apr. 24) Beware: Dunleavy planning line-item veto to force his budget on Alaska
-(Apr. 23) DHSS Commissioner Crum withheld info from legislature
-(Apr. 18-20) DHSS Com. Crum: Refused to answer basic question about spending; denied that Alaska was not aiming to block grant Medicaid despite letter asking for that; pulled a 180-degree position shift on Medicaid expansion within three days
-(Apr. 17-18) Dunleavy finally fills Palmer Superior Court, exceeds constitutionally mandated timing; KTVA
-(Apr. 17-18) Dunleavy cabinet all confirmed - despite conflicts of interest, incompetence, Islamophobia and homophobia; KTUU; Landmine; Six Rejected; Midnight Sun; Ghost hunter fails confirmation handily
-(Apr. 16) Dunleavy’s appointments hit the legislature tomorrow (April 17): here’s a list of the ones that haven’t returned to the pits that spawned them
-(Apr. 16) In unprecedented move, Dunleavy admin boosts beleaguered Public Safety appointee Price with ads (somehow missing the “plagiarism” and “absenteeism” parts); learn more about her here (Apr. 13); KTUU
-(Apr. 14) DEC Commissioner tries to remove pollution control mandate from his job description
-(Apr. 13) Dunleavy attempts to accelerate head of public defender’s departure, who contests Gov can’t
-(Apr. 12) Dunleavy PR stunt fails miserably; budget blunders; and the sheer incompetence of it all
-(Apr. 12) Governor’s Board of Fish appointments draw fire from fishers
-(Apr. 11) Dunleavy AG makes pathetic argument that forward funding of education can be vetoed (Legislature’s legal begs to differ); KTOO; (Apr. 12) Prepare for legal fight
(Apr. 10) Opinion: Dunleavy appointments would polarize Board of Fish (also would pay back second largest campaign contributor)
-(Apr. 9) Dunleavy changes story again on the radical budget Senate GOP rejected two years ago
-(Apr. 9) Dunleavy, angry at State House and forgetting he can’t add money via veto or appropriate funds, issues empty line-item veto threat is his amendments and budget aren’t passed. (KTUU, KTVA, Empire, AP, Alaska Public)
-(Apr. 8) Tracking another big lie, where the hell did those 2,000 funded and unfilled jobs go?
-(Apr. 7) Dunleavy lies about school costs (again); may become first governor never to correctly cite education statistic