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What others say: Legislature's unwillingness to engage public a symptom of partisanship

...citizens in budget discussions this summer. "We kind of know what needs to be done," said Sen. Kelly when state budget director told the Senate Finance Committee about the plan. Sens. Kelly and Dunleavy voiced concerns that more public comment...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/2015-05-18/what-others-say-legislatures-unwi
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Gov. Bill Walker veto means layoff notices could loom

...through June 30. Had the entire package been vetoed, everything would have come to an immediate halt, Walker's budget director Pat Pitney told reporters during a news conference in Anchorage.Lawmakers had cited confusion on how to proceed...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-05-18/gov-bill-walker-veto-means-layoff-no
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Funding reallocation spares summer ferry service

...Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the Fairbanks area interrogated Transportation Commissioner Marc Luiken and Office of Management and Budget Director Pat Pitney as to why DOT had not made changes to its schedule that would close the $12.5 million difference.In...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-05-17/funding-reallocation-spares-summer-f
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By the numbers: Alaska budget debate, attempts to fix it

...to do with the partially funded budget. Walker's budget director, Pat Pitney, has called the budget invalid, barring...have to be to balance the budget, according to the budget director.$60: The recent price range per barrel of North...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-05-07/by-the-numbers-alaska-budget-debate-
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Walker says he won't rescind special session proclamation

...planning for fiscal year 2016," he wrote.Both the director of the Legislative Finance Division and Walker's budget director raised concerns that the inability to tap the constitutional budget reserve could wind up hurting the state's credit...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-04-29/walker-says-he-wont-rescind-special-
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Alaska Legislature gavels in for special session

...legislators approved last session would remain. That cut was included in a separate spending package. Walker's budget director, Pat Pitney, said the governor's budget plan does not include the scheduled 2.5 percent cost-of-living raises...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-04-28/alaska-legislature-gavels-in-for-spe
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Leaders raise potential of budget vote without reserve draw

...email that Walker would like to see the Legislature pass a fully funded budget, not a partially funded one. Walker budget director Pat Pitney said that once the new fiscal year starts July 1, the government would be able to operate into the fall...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-04-25/leaders-raise-potential-of-budget-vo
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Agreement reached by Senate, House majorities

...email that Walker would like to see the Legislature pass a fully funded budget, not a partially funded one. Walker budget director Pat Pitney said that once the new fiscal year starts July 1, the government would be able to operate into the fall...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-04-25/agreement-reached-by-senate-house-ma
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Report: Low taxes lulled as budget swelled

...Revenue Commissioner Eric Wohlforth and former state budget director Cheryl Frasca co-chaired a task force of Commonwealth...caused citizens to watch the budget. Frasca was later budget director for former Gov. Frank Murkowski.It was on her watch...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-04-06/report-low-taxes-lulled-as-budget-sw
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Panel takes Medicaid-expansion items from department budget

...eventually passed. So far, Walker has rejected calls for him to file his own separate bill to expand Medicaid. While his budget director told the Senate Finance Committee last week that he was considering a bill, Walker on Friday told reporters there...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-02-27/panel-takes-medicaid-expansion-items
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