As the Alaska House of Representatives approved its operating budget on Thursday, members of the Senate were listening to Alaskans from around the state share their thoughts on what they wanted the Senate to do with the budget.
For an hour and a half, the Senate Finance Committee listened specifically to Juneau residents. Testifiers included everyone from University of Alaska Southeast students to retirees to Mayor Beth Weldon. Education-related topics stood out, as attendees implored the senators to preserve funding for K-12 education, early education and the university system. Multiple people also testified about preserving Medicaid funding.
City and Borough of Juneau officials have been outspoken during the state’s budget process, particularly critical of proposed school-related cuts that would shift costs to the municipality. Last