February 18, 2004
"The Conference of Alaskans was an excellent process that produced good results," Murkowski said. "It engaged the attention of Alaskans over the three-day period. They have given us answers to the four questions we asked of them, yet they were not specific as to the details of how much of the income should be used to pay for state services, or how the amendment to put the dividend into the constitution should be written. That is as it should be. That is the province of the Legislature. We understand the direction the conference has given, and will work with the Legislature to get there.
"We have reached a tentative agreement with House and Senate leaders that the issues will be taken up and addressed starting the week of March 15," Murkowski said. "We expect to get to a resolution that week on as many of the parts of the equation as possible. I would note that some of those pieces are already making their way through the process, such as the POMV and the spending limit. So, new bills will not have to be introduced on those issues."
Based on this agreement with
the House and Senate, the Governor said he would rescind the
call for a special session, which was to have started on March
1. Murkowski said the decision to rescind the call for a special
session was made out of respect for legislative scheduling, particularly
for action on the FY 2005 budget bills that are nearing completion
in the House of Representatives.
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