Ending an extended session, state lawmakers in oil-rich Alaska reached a compromise that helped bridge a budget gap, the governor said. “Lawmakers in the House and Senate — Democrats, Republicans, and Independents — worked together to reach a budget compromise,” Gov. Bill Walker said in a weekend statement. “I commend the Legislature for passing a budget on time, and addressing the vast majority of the budget deficit.” A flurry of legislation moving since last week helped address Alaskan budget questions, with leaders saying they put political issues aside in favor of the state’s future. Rep. Adam Wool, a Democrat representing Fairbanks and the chairman of the House Energy Committee, said legislators were faced with difficult choices over the […]