Governor Dunleavy on 33rd Legislation Session and 2nd Term

​​We’re wrapping up our week-long coverage of the opening of the 33rd legislative session in Juneau with a one-on-one exclusive with the governor. Its Republican Mike Dunleavy’s second term as our state’s leader and he’s got big plans for Alaska. How does he hope to make those plans happen and how will they help the people of our state?

One of the governor’s biggest priorities this session is to pass Alaska’s carbon bill that would allow Alaska to get money from companies looking to reduce carbon in the air.

”They’re looking at trees to be able to sequester it because trees are made up a great deal of carbon sequestered in trees naturally. And they’re going to be looking at basins like we have in cook inlet to put physical carbon, pump it into the basins. And we also have an opportunity in Alaska to sequester carbon through seaweed off our coasts. Alaska is the only state that can deal with all of the above.”

The governor believes the state could get billions of dollars from companies wishing to reduce their carbon footprint. Another important issue the governor also hopes to come to an agreement with lawmakers on the amount for the permanent fund dividend that would best fit the budget of Alaska.

“A lot of people love the PFD because it helps them get through the high inflationary times, so that’s going to be another discussion and we’ll see where we end up there, but it’s my hope we follow the law or at the very least we come up with a full fiscal approach that doesn’t leave us guessing every year. What the PFD is going to be or what the budget is or how we’re going to spend.”

Legislators are ready to get to work alongside the governor.

“I feel like the relationship with the governor is very strong for this caucus, so I’m really looking forward to some of the items on his agenda forward.”

“I see a different governor this time around, I really do…a more caring and considerate governor.”

“The biggest opportunity is to get carbon bill passed, coming together around a fiscal plan, making sure the PFD is treated in a manner of what the people of Alaska want, continuing to drive down our crime rates by introducing some legislation there and making Alaska more affordable. Making this a place where people want to come, bring their families, bring their kids.”