Stevens Reacts to Governor’s Budget


Jay Barrett/KMXT

The Alaska Legislature convenes in less than a month, and community projects are always on the minds of residents around the state.

When Governor Sean Parnell unveiled his proposed budget last week, the majority of funds he targeted for Kodiak would go to the Alaska Aerospace Corporation, which runs the Kodiak Launch Complex. If passed as presented, AAC will get $4-million, while the rest of District 36 would get about $3.6-million. Kodiak Senator Gary Stevens.

(Stevens 1 4 sec "No, it doesn’t seem fair … the big issue we’ll be working on.")

Kodiak is in a somewhat unique position of having both members of its delegation holding powerful leadership positions, which could result in extra attention in the capital budget.

(Stevens 2 19 sec "As you know, Alan Austerman … well taken care of.")

He says the capital wish lists from the local governments in his district will determine what projects the delegation will pursue:

(Stevens 3 30 sec "A very important element … some funding for that.")

He said he would also keep an eye on funding possibilities for the Kodiak High School renovation and expansion, as well. The state is required to pay more than half of the school construction costs over the life of the bond passed by voters.

Energy projects around the state are priorities for Stevens, and at least this year – for Parnell. Last year the legislature passed numerous renewable energy projects which the governor subsequently vetoed. Stevens says that with a lot of energy dollars coming into the state because of $90-a-barrel oil, it’s only right that the state invest in renewable energy for communities.

(Stevens 4 31 sec "A big project we really … we need in our communities.")

The legislature convenes on January 18th.


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