FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27th, 2015
Senate Democrats Call Republican Majorities ‘Fake Budget’ a Failure for Alaska
Slashing education, short funding services, ignoring Medicaid expansion benefits and excess tax credit payments mark the disappointing conclusion to the 29th Alaska Legislature’s first session
JUNEAU – On day 98 of the voter mandated 90 day session, the Republican-led majorities in the Alaska House and Senate adjourned the 29th Alaska Legislature from its first session.
Senate Democrats were disappointed and outraged with a budget that neglected our children and future by short-changing education; a budget that left working families without access to affordable and accessible health care, by not expanding Medicaid; a budget that hurt communities reliant on the ferry system, fixed-income seniors, and those with mental illnesses or substance abuse addictions.
“This budget fails Alaska. It’s a shameful policy decision that protects oil company credits over our children. Senate Democrats aren’t buying it and judging from the response of Alaskans, neither is anyone else,” said Senator Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage).
“This Republican-authored and approved fake budget is a house of cards that relies on smoke and mirrors. It’s fiction and without Medicaid expansion people will suffer. The public is not fooled for one minute,” stated Senator Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage).
“It’s a budget of broken promises, on the backs of our children and our hard working public servants,” said Senator Dennis Egan (D-Juneau).
“This budget chooses oil companies over children, outside refiners over foster kids, and bloated executive salaries over troopers, corrections officers, and custodians. This budget has the wrong priorities,” stated Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage).
“This budget fails to meet the one constitutionally mandated obligation of the legislature. Instead of embracing compromise, they have drained scholarships and other various funds. My fear is that PCE, or other funds which help rural Alaska, will be next,” said Senator Donny Olson (D-Golovin).
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