Dunleavy plans to announce budget decisions Monday

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to announce his final decisions on the state budget Monday.

Dunleavy’s office previously indicated a final announcement was expected this week. But his press office said Friday the review is continuing and an announcement is expected Monday.

Lawmakers, unable to win support to override Dunleavy’s vetoes to a wide-swath of programs and institutions, passed legislation to restore many of the cuts.

Dunleavy said this go-round he will not cut funding for certain early education and senior programs. He also moderated his position on cuts to the University of Alaska system, which he said was not related to a recall effort against him.

The bill also includes a roughly $1,600 permanent fund dividend, less than Dunleavy has argued for.