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Dunleavy, facing recall threat, seeks action on fiscal plan

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, center, delivers his State of the State speech to a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature as Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, left, and Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, watch from the front of the House chambers at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau, Alaska, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Penn)

By BECKY BOHRER
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy says the state is running out of time to fix its long-running budget deficit. In his State of the State speech Monday, Dunleavy called for creating a statewide lottery and doubled-down on proposed constitutional changes that got little traction last year amid outcry over budget cuts he’d proposed. Dunleavy, who is facing a recall threat, says a focus on cuts last year took up all the attention. He says he shied away from deep cuts in his spending proposal for the upcoming budget year to allow more room for discussion of a long-term plan.

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