Political Games Put Above Alaskans’ Best Interest
Residents Should Take Action Now as Government Shutdown Looms
Tuesday, May 30, 2017, Juneau, Alaska –The Democrat-led House continues to block progress in the second week of the special session in a political game to win support for their tax plans, making losers of everyday Alaskans facing the growing threat of lost services and economic disruption.
If an operating budget isn’t passed by July 1, all state government operations will come to a halt, putting more than 15,000 state workers out of work and depriving thousands of Alaskans access to public services they use daily.
Alaska House Republicans remain firmly opposed to allowing a government shutdown, and to wasting any more time or public money. House Democrats hold the power to schedule conference committee meetings that can move Alaska forward and pass a budget that Alaskans can afford.
In the face of the unfortunate and unnecessary threat of a government shutdown hanging over Alaskans’ heads, House Republicans urge residents to take action now to complete any business dependent on state services prior to July 1.
State departments potentially impacted by a shutdown include:
• Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
- Oversees critical safety projects; maintains roads
• Department of Fish and Game
- Provides subsistence and sport fishing and hunting licenses, tags and permits
• Division of Motor Vehicles
- Issues driver’s licenses, ID cards, vehicle registration and license tabs
• Department of Health and Social Services
- Provides for family and child welfare, mental health treatment, and senior and disabilities services
For more information contact Press Secretary Mallory Walser at Mallory.Walser@akleg.gov