JUNEAU — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy told lawmakers late Monday he wants to work with them to make Alaska "the most pro-life state in the country," with policies supporting families and making the state an affordable and a desirable place to live.

"Kids are a blessing and they shouldn't be viewed as a burden. But we all have to accept that raising a family today is more challenging than when many of us were growing up," the Republican told a joint session of the Legislature during the first State of the State speech of his second term.