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Thu May 30, 2019, 06:47 AM

Alaska Legislature prepares to sue governor over school funding

The Alaska Senate and House of Representatives voted Tuesday to allow the Legislative Council to sue to force Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration to distribute school funding in July.

Lawmakers say they hope a lawsuit won’t be needed. Lawyers for the Legislature and administration differ on whether a law passed last year provided funding for next school year.

House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, a Dillingham independent, said legislators want to avoid using education funding as a political football.

“We think education in Alaska deserves to rise to the top and shouldn’t be subject to the whims of the budgeting process and the Legislature,” Edgmon said.

Read more: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/05/28/alaska-legislature-prepares-to-sue-governor-over-school-funding/

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