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Dunleavy says he’ll support senior benefits funding

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference Friday, June 14, 2019, in Wasilla, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

By BECKY BOHRER
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he will support funding for a program that provides cash benefits to lower-income older Alaskans.

He made the announcement Monday at a Chugiak senior center.

In June, Dunleavy’s administration announced more than $400 million in vetoes, including funding for the senior benefits program

The Legislature, unable to override the vetoes, instead passed legislation restoring much of the vetoed money – including funding for senior benefits.

Dunleavy said he will finalize the budget this week.

He said the budget still must be reduced, and spokesman Matt Shuckerow said “significant vetoes” are yet expected.

But Dunleavy attributed his shift on senior benefits to “fantastic feedback” he said he had received.

Public outcry over Dunleavy’s vetoes has fueled a recall effort.

 


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