Alaska budget debate drags on in special session

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) - Debate over the state budget will extend into June, with Alaska lawmakers breaking for the holiday weekend and the biggest items, including the size of check to pay residents from the state’s oil-wealth fund, still to be decided.

    A lead negotiator on the budget conference committee indicated the next meeting would be Tuesday at the earliest.

    Attendance at House and Senate floor sessions Friday was not mandatory.

    The size of this year’s dividend is a major outstanding issue in budget talks.

    Lawmakers also are debating how much of the state’s share of federal recovery aid to allocate, and how.

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