After permitting less than 12 minutes of actual debate, and interrupting even that small amount of debate five separate times, House Democrats voted today to replace Governor Dunleavy’s Proposed Budget with the amended budget signed by Governor Walker last year, which includes $750 million in additional spending.
Whereas Dunleavy’s Budget protected the amount of the PFD according to state law, the Democrat Majority’s new budget reflects their decision to spend most of this year’s PFD on a final failed effort to prop up unsustainable state spending.
This new budget will serve as the starting point for the budget debates scheduled to begin tomorrow, which is the 85th day of the Legislative Session. The vote was 24 to 13.
26:41 – Rep. Thompson proposes Walker’s amended budget
26:53 – Rep. Pruitt responds in opposition
28:55 – Rep. Eastman responds in opposition
32:28 – Speaker Edgmon interrupts x1
33:46 – Speaker Edgmon interrupts x2
33:59 – Speaker Edgmon interrupts x3
35:05 – Rep. Kopp interrupts x4
36:15 – Rep. Edgmon interrupts x5
36:17 – Rep. Tuck calls timeout (which lasts longer than entire debate)
48:38 – Rep. Carpenter responds in opposition
51:10 – Rep. Foster responds in support of Walker’s amended budget
52:12 – Debate ends