Alaska Legislature falls to override vetoes that prompt cuts

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Alaska Legislature falls to override vetoes that prompt cuts

Leadership of the Alaska House and Senate confer Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the state Capitol in Juneau, Alaska, where lawmakers failed to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes. About a third of the lawmakers were absent from the Juneau session, choosing to meet in Wasilla instead. Standing are House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, from left, Senate Minority Leader Tom Begich and Senate President Cathy Giessel. Seated are Senate Majority Leader Lyman Hoffman, left, and House Majority Leader Steve Thompson, with his back to the camera. (Michael Penn/The Juneau Empire via AP)
Empty seats are seen at a joint session of the Alaska Legislature, called to consider overriding Gov.Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Juneau, Alaska. Nearly a third of lawmakers were absent from the session at the Capitol, opting to meet in Wasilla instead, leaving only 38 members meeting in Juneau. It would take 45 votes to override the vetoes. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire via AP)
Rep. Tammie Wilson, a Republican from North Pole, is shown speaking before a vote to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes at the state Capitol in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Wilson was the only vote against the override, which failed on a 37-1 vote; 45 votes were needed to override the vetoes. About third of Alaska lawmakers were absent from the Juneau session, choosing to meet in Wasilla instead. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire via AP)
State Sen. Tom Begich, an Anchorage Democrat, speaks in favor of lawmakers overriding Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Juneau, Alaska. Nearly a third of lawmakers were absent from the session at the Capitol, opting to meet in Wasilla instead, leaving only 38 members meeting in Juneau. It would take 45 votes to override the vetoes. ( Michael Penn/ Juneau Empire via AP)
State Sen. Bill Wielechowski, an Anchorage Democrat, speaks in favor of lawmakers overriding Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Juneau, Alaska. Nearly a third of lawmakers were absent from the session at the Capitol, opting to meet in Wasilla instead, leaving only 38 members meeting in Juneau. It would take 45 votes to override the vetoes. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire via AP)
Eric Howk and John Gourley of Portugal. The Man take to the stage to perform at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, during a rally in response to budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
Portugal. The Man performs during a University of Alaska student-initiated rally with the Save Our State coalition at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in response to budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
This image shows a part of the PDF graphic of the front page of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner for the Monday, July 8, 2019, edition. The nearly 2-inch (5-centimeter) headline, outlined in red, in Monday's edition of the newspaper contained a single word: OVERRIDE. It appeared over a full-page editorial calling for state lawmakers to "save Alaska" from severe budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the likely economic devastation that would follow. (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP)
People express their views at a University of Alaska student-initiated rally with the Save Our State coalition at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in response to budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP)
Senate Majority members, from left, Bert Stedman of Sitka, Natasha von Imhof of Anchorage, Senate President Cathy Giessel of Anchorage and John Coghill of Fairbanks speak with reporters following a failed attempt by the Alaska Legislature to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes. The vote failed on a 37-1 vote; 45 votes were needed for an override, and about a third of lawmakers were absent from Juneau, choosing instead to meet in Wasilla. (Michael Penn/The Juneau Empire via AP)
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