- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on the Alaska special session (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

Alaska lawmakers will not meet Friday to consider overriding budget vetoes made by Gov. Bill Walker.

Senate President Kevin Meyer says the Senate plans to decline the House’s invitation to meet in a joint session to take up potential overrides. Friday is the last day in which lawmakers could consider overrides.

Forty-five lawmakers, three-fourths of the Legislature, are needed to override any veto. Meyer says it doesn’t appear there would be sufficient support to override any of Walker’s vetoes.

House Speaker Mike Chenault said Wednesday that he’s not sure where the votes might be to try to override any particular veto. But he said there was enough interest on his side to at least hold a session to consider potential overrides.


1 p.m.

Gov. Bill Walker is laying out a bleak financial picture as it becomes increasingly apparent he will not get the plan he hoped for to address Alaska’s gaping deficit during this special session.

Walker says his administration has done everything it could to get lawmakers to address revenue generating measures like a sales tax and using earnings from the Alaska Permanent Fund. He says lawmakers hold Alaska’s future in their hands.

Little has happened since the special session started Monday. Walker says he heard the session could end by Friday. He questioned the usefulness of calling legislators into another special session if they don’t pass a plan.

Walker’s administration says a major state savings account could be depleted next year. After that, without a plan, there would be drastic cuts to school funding, many health programs would be reduced or end and thousands of state employees would lose jobs

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