Throughout the regular, extended and special sessions of the Legislature this year, it was sometimes difficult to tell who the adults were in Juneau. But in the garbage fire that was the second special session of the year, it became painfully apparent who the children were.
The tormented week saw almost no action by either legislative chamber and lasted only five days before the House gaveled out sine die. The Legislature’s abject failure to pass legislation, compromise on budget priorities or even communicate has passed beyond tragedy to farce.
In deciding a lawsuit by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough over required local contributions to schools, an Alaska Supreme Court ruling dealt with one can of worms and left another wide open.
The suit, which alleged the state’s requirement for local governments to put up a portion of education funds violated the Alaska Constitution, was decided in the state’s favor, sparing Alaska’s government a judgment that would have exacerbated the budget crisis.