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John Jr Coghill
Budget impasse remains as lawmakers reconvene in Juneau

Alaska lawmakers finished their annual legislative session just over two weeks ago, but that meant passing a partially funded state budget and putting off a decision on expanding Medicaid, a priority of Gov. Bill Walker. An impasse remained halfway through a 30-day special session called by Walker to address those issues. A frustrated Walker told reporters from Anchorage that lawmakers are playing a game of chicken on the budget. On Tuesday, six of the House's 40 members and three of the Senate's 20 members were in Juneau for brief floor sessions to satisfy meeting requirements. With nothing to vote on, attendance wasn't mandatory. The Senate adjourned until Friday, the...