Keep Alaska Open for Business rallies held statewide

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(AP) - Rallies were held outside Legislative Information Offices across Alaska Sunday, with people urging lawmakers to reach agreement on a budget.

The "Keep Alaska Open for Business" rally came in the wake of thousands of state employees receiving layoff notices.

As mentioned earlier, if the legislature doesn't adopt a budget by July first, state offices and services will be shut down, and employees sent home.
The head of the Alaska AFL-CIO, Vince Beltrami, said there has to be compromise.

"Hopefully the legislature takes a little notice, and that folks will communicate to their legislatures and tell them to get to work, and get a balanced deal; come to some kind of compromise that puts Alaska first," Beltrami said.