Stevens, Austerman Defend Capital Budget


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The Alaska State Legislature wrapped up its 90-day session Sunday, passing a flurry of bills in the last few hours. Senate President Gary Stevens said he thinks Kodiak projects in the capital budget are well-positioned to survive the governor’s veto pen.

(Session 1 54 sec "When you look at some … hard to get into the budget.")

Governor Sean Parnell has criticized the legislature for what he saw as excessive spending on construction projects this session, but Stevens defended the capital budget saying Alaska is in a good position to take care of long-delayed projects:

(Session 2 26 sec "And I have had people call … communities up a little bit.")

House District 36 Representative Alan Austerman said averaged out, the budget is reasonable:

(Session 3 27 sec "The budget is big this year … will use his red pen this year.")

The governor has 20 days to either sign or veto bills now that the session is over. If he does not sign them in that time frame, they will be enacted into law automatically.


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