House cool to Walker compromise

Gov. Bill Walker offers a deal to keep government running, but coalition majority rejects it

In a bid to avoid a state-spanning government shutdown, Gov. Bill Walker on Monday proposed a compromise to bring the Alaska Senate and Alaska House together.

Walker’s compromise was promptly rejected by the coalition majority that runs the House.

That leaves the state on course for a July 3 shutdown that would paralyze state services and multibillion-dollar commercial salmon industry.

In an evening press conference, Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, said the governor is on the wrong track with a proposal that would slash the state deficit from about $2.7 billion per year to about $300 million per year. He said the House Majority is continuing to champion a strategy that eliminates the entire deficit within three years.

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