JUNEAU — On Wednesday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy unilaterally cut $215 million from Alaska’s state budget, eliminating increases proposed by the Alaska Legislature and mostly reinstating a budget proposal he introduced at the start of the year.
Dunleavy, explaining his vetoes on Thursday, said that “overall, there weren’t large cuts to existing programs.”
Though the vetoes are small compared with the overall size of the state’s annual budget, some individual vetoes were substantial in comparison to the size of the programs they involved. For example, Dunleavy vetoed 62% of state funding for the Alaska Legal Services Corp., which provides help to