Might the Governor's veto of Permanent Fund earnings for this year's dividend be unconstitutional?
That question was put to Juneau Senator Dennis Egan on Action Line last week:
"I don't know. We haven't gotten a ruling from legal. Here's my problem. There are folks that are upset the governor lowered the PFD checks to a $1000 cap, but if we don't do something, we're not going to have a PFD. I'm thinking a couple of years. The governor says around four years."
Egan doesn't think there will be enough votes to override the Governor's veto, citing a problem with ten senators and all 40 house members running for reelection this year.
The Governor also used his red pen to reduce funding for education and other items. We asked about the chances for overrides of those vetoes:
"Things like that I think have a much better chance of being overridden. These will all come up individually, unless they veto the whole thing. And the governor took a bold move when he attacked certain items in HB 247, which was the oil tax credits. He vetoed a lot of oil tax credits, but some are still existing. I'm assuming a lot of things he vetoed in HB 247 are going to be overridden."
The Governor has called the Legislature back into another special session today (Monday) to take up his long term fiscal plan for the state.