State Budget Impasse Continues…Voucher Expansion in the Works?

The state budget impasse continues after Senate and Assembly GOP leaders Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) had dueling press conferences June 27 blasting each other on funding for transportation. The last two major budget areas still left to be decided are K-12 education and transportation.

According to  “The two exchanged fire yesterday in separate impromptu news conferences in the Capitol press room, where Fitzgerald lobbed insults at Vos’ position on transportation, calling it “laughable.”

“Vos then came to the room minutes later to return fire, insisting the only thing laughable was the idea of putting more debt on the state’s credit card to pay for roads.

Vos and Fitzgerald are getting together with the guv today for their weekly meeting.

“Meanwhile, the Senate and Assembly GOP caucuses will be meeting today. Fitzgerald said yesterday he would talk with Senate Republicans about the possibility of the Senate doing its own budget.”

According to the Associated Press, K-12 negotiations are also still ongoing with the potential sticking point an increase in the income eligibility for the statewide voucher program:

Voucher advocates are reported to be pushing for an increase in the income threshold for families to participate in the statewide program from the current level of 185% of the federal poverty level to 300%.

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