JUNEAU, Alaska The State Legislature has approved a new committee to help decide the use of the Permanent Fund. It's called the Permanent Fund Earnings Work Group and it was approved yesterday. There are eight members made up of both the House and the Senate. The Senate has already revealed their members: Shelly Hughes of Palmer, Donny Olson of Golovin, Bert Stedman of Sitka, and Click Bishop of Fairbanks. Bishop will co-chair with a member from the House, but no Representative has been named to the group as of yet. We spoke to the Senator about what he hopes they will achieve.
"Here's the sign of defeat, when you quit talking," said Sen. Bishop. "We're continuing the conversation, that's a positive sign for the people of Alaska. It's my hope that my colleagues and I can find a responsible policy recommendation to use the Permeant Fund earnings for the benefit for all Alaskans."
Senator Bishop said a second special session might happen, but does not want to say another session is assured.
Meanwhile, the operating budget approved yesterday might be in danger. Governor Mike Dunleavy said on social media that he is looking at all options when evaluating the budget including "…to veto the budget in its entirety, or to veto portions of the budget..."
There are three days left in this special session.