Dunleavy gives state budget mixed reviews

    Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy said he appreciated some of the work lawmakers did to prepare the state for impacts from COVID-19.

    The governor said he felt the legislature missed the mark by not including a cash infusion that many leading economists believe should be implemented as quickly as possible.

    "Thousands of Alaskans are out of work through no fault of their own, due to the governor pausing most economic activity to slow the spread of the disease," Dunleavy said, "It would appear lawmakers missed the opportunity to create a cash infusion from the earnings reserve account into the hands of Alaskans, like hairdressers and restaurant workers, that could have happened in as little as two weeks.  I am quite frankly puzzled why they would not do that."

    Dunleavy said the vast majority of economists, the President of the United States, and almost every member of Congress understood how a quick injection of cash into the hands of works will stabilize the economy more than any other approach.

    "My administration will continue to work closely with Alaska's congressional delegation and the White House on how to maximize the benefit of the federal emergency relief package here in Alaska," Dunleavy added.


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