Anchorage Assembly votes to formally oppose the governor's proposed budget
Anchorage Assembly members gave impassioned testimony at Tuesday’s regular Assembly meeting leading up to a vote to formally oppose Gov. Dunleavy's proposed budget.
"I have long resisted political resolutions, except in extraordinary circumstances. Well, this is an extraordinary circumstance,” Assembly member Forrest Dunbar said. “The budget as currently proposed is immoral."
Dunbar referenced cuts to senior benefits and education, saying the proposed budget takes too much, while leaving oil industry tax credits at more than $1.3 billion.
Dunbar was not the only assembly member to voice extreme concern – Austin Quinn-Davidson also joined in the discussion with her perspective on proposed cuts to education.
"To give you an idea of the scale of his proposed cuts, even if every elementary teacher in the city were laid off, we still would have to cut more on education to get to the cuts proposed by the governor's budget," Assembly member Austin Quinn-Davidson said.
Assembly Chair Eric Croft also co-sponsored the resolution, which was prepared and introduced at the request of the Office of the Mayor.
Only two assembly members — John Weddleton and Fred Dyson — opposed the resolution.
“The resolution, I actually have no problems with,” Dyson said. “I’m very uncomfortable with the tenor of the discussion here, but I appreciate the passion.”
You can read the full resolution of opposition
Channel 2 reached out to the Office of the Governor for comment on this story, but have not heard back. The governor has said sacrifices are needed to resolve a deficit that has been forecast for the coming fiscal year. He plans to hold a series of meetings around the state this month to outline his plan for the future of the state budget.