A day after the Alaska House Majority rejected his compromise bid to avert a statewide government shutdown, Gov. Bill Walker said he still hopes that shutdown can be averted.
“My message to legislators: If you can’t find further compromise in what I have presented, please, please develop your own compromise,” he pleaded during a Tuesday press conference with the Capitol press corps.
Wednesday is the 21st day of a 30-day special session called by Walker to give the Legislature time to avert a statewide shutdown by agreeing upon a budget and a way to pay for that budget.
The state’s fiscal year starts July 1. If lawmakers can’t reach a deal before that date, state services will all but end on Monday, July 3.