Voices

OPINION: Democrats offer a budget that cuts more than Republicans do -- and still supports schools, state workers and Medicaid expansion.Rep. Les Gara
OPINION: Didn't hear from those Republican legislative leaders during their vacation? Didn't think so.Elise Patkotak
OPINION: Legislature can break the budget deadlock if Democrats are willing to compromise.Rep. Mike Chenault
LETTERS: Readers sound off as the legislature engages a special session logjam over the state budget.Alaska Dispatch News
OPINION: We will not let thousands of Alaskans lose their paychecks starting July 1 as Gov. Bill Walker has threatened. That is not the right thing to do. We in the legislative majority will lead Alaska out of this fiscal crisis.Sen. Kevin Meyer
OPINION: Alaska is facing a government shut-down because the legislative majority is not accustomed to negotiate with the minority, and the minority is standing firm to honor promises made to children, seniors and workers.Vince Beltrami
OPINION: Lives and property will be saved in Eagle River and Chugiak by having a Free Standing Emergency Department Facility.Wayne Willett
LETTERS: Readers step up to the mic as the legislative special session drags on and compromise proves elusive.Alaska Dispatch News
OPINION: The Republican legislative majority is willing to hold the entire state hostage rather than provide health care to 40,000 Alaskans, create 4,000 jobs and save the state hundreds of millions.Shannyn Moore
OPINION: Too many lawmakers are locked in needless political war, when what Alaska needs is the vision to put our wealth to work.Alice Rogoff