Recall petition started against Governor Bill Walker

    Former U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Miller is pushing a recall effort after Walker vetoed half the money for dividends from the Permanent Fund.

    Since Governor Walker vetoed half the money for dividends from the Permanent Fund, a recall petition is trying to veto him.

    Former U-S Senate Candidate Joe Miller is pushing a recall effort. The petition would need nearly 30 thousand signatures from people who voted in the last election.

    The legality of the Permanent Fund veto is at issue. East Anchorage Senator Bill Wielechowski says he may file a lawsuit, arguing that the constitution requires money to transfer automatically to the fund for dividends, and therefore does not need an appropriation that the governor can veto. The administration disputes that interpretation.

    The governor issued a statement saying that he respects the right to disagree with his actions but he's not changing his mind.

    Recalls against a governor are rare in Alaska; The last attempt was against Wally Hickel in 1992, but never got very far.

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