House speaker doesn’t see movement toward budget compromise

JUNEAU, Alaska - The speaker of the Alaska House says Gov. Mike Dunleavy is sending mixed messages on his willingness to work with lawmakers on a budget package.

Speaker Bryce Edgmon says his takeaway from private meetings with Dunleavy is that Dunleavy is open to discussions. But Edgmon says he doesn’t see movement toward a compromise that will bring the session to a timely close.

He says Dunleavy appears to continue pushing a budget with large cuts, a full dividend payout and paying Alaskans what they didn’t receive when checks were capped the last three years.

Dunleavy chief of staff Tuckerman Babcock says any path forward requires negotiation. But he says the House hasn’t presented a plan of its own yet.
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