- Associated Press - Monday, July 18, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The special session called by Gov. Bill Walker has officially ended, with no final action toward addressing Alaska’s multibillion-dollar deficit.

The Senate adjourned Monday, after a gridlocked House called it quits Friday.

The special session began July 11. It followed a prior special session and an extended regular session in which Walker’s tax proposals failed to gain traction.

The centerpiece of Walker’s fiscal plan called for using Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to help pay for state government. It passed the Senate last month but stalled in the House.

The House didn’t hold a bill hearing during the just-ended special session.

House Speaker Mike Chenault said Walker’s proposals had been discussed extensively and widespread agreement on a path forward had yet to emerge. He said staying in Juneau for the rest of the special session wouldn’t change that.


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