31 days

After 31 days of blah-blah-blah and serious inaction, the Alaska House finally has organized. Well, kinda.

After all the hubbub, teeth-gnashing and hand-wringing, there still is no clear majority caucus, although House members have managed to approve committees that will allow them to actually get something done rather than simply wasting time playing politics.

On one side, there is a supposed 20-member caucus of four Democrats, two Republicans and four undeclared Democrats constituting an ersatz majority. On the minority side? Eighteen Republicans and a Democrat and Republican in neither caucus.

Kodiak Republican Rep. Louise Stutes, who caucuses with Democrats, is the new House speaker. She tells KTUU she has 21 members for procedural votes in the 40-member House, but she would not identify the 21st vote.

In a year when lawmakers are going to have to deal with a chronic budget deficit, the future of the Permanent Fund dividend, taxes and a host of other serious problems confronting Alaskans, this is what we get: A fluid Democrat-driven House “majority” in a mostly conservative state.

Swell.

This legislative session is shaping up to be very interesting.

3 Responses to 31 days

  1. Donald Drumpf February 21, 2021 at 8:50 am

    $302 per diem per/day from January 15, 2019 through May 15, 2019. Per Diem Rate = Max Lodging + Meals (Local Meals, Proportional, or Government) + Incidental rate. For Alaska, this should have come out to $149/day, not double +a few bucks. Either i’m not looking in the right place, or they are taking entirely too much money. Sadly, I somewhat, and in one very specific area, am kind of leaning towards Dave’s idea, ish. There’s 57 legislature member’s that require this per diem due to the capitol being in Juneau. 2 house members, and 1 senator live in Juneau, the overall majority live in Anchorage and wouldn’t require per diem. Just move the capitol. How hard is that? Put it next to the homeless shelters the assembly is trying to buy up. Then, while we are at it, maybe don’t pay them more than the regulated rate.

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  2. Marlin Savage February 20, 2021 at 9:59 am

    I’ve been fortunate to live in 9 different decades. Using history as a yardstick, I believe the less politicians do and government enacts, the better.

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  3. Dave February 20, 2021 at 8:43 am

    The out of the closet lunatics are well known , stutes , merrick, etc. My issue with these greedy idiots is also with the not so well publicized lunatics like George Rauscher! How easy is it to stand by and observe the bleep show knowing all the while this will lead to more money in my pocket. EASY MONEY! Delay translates into more per diem . Why interrupt the annual scam, “it’s not my fault”
    Time to shut this thing down and send them home! No more per Diem . The public is being abused by these useless idiots.
    Who agrees with me?

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