Sarah Palin Friday vetoed 268-million dollars from the nearly 3-billion dollar
state capitol budget passed by lawmakers last month. A number of local items
were among the cuts and at least one lawmaker is upset with the governor.
KMXT’s Casey Kelly has more.
governor had promised the vetoes, saying lawmakers failed to build a fiscally
prudent plan. But District R State Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak disagrees. He
says he was “frustrated” and “perplexed” by the cuts Palin made to local
1 :29s “…in fact, by the governor.”)
largest local item to fall victim to Palin’s veto pen was 4-million dollars for
a Kodiak schools’ seismic mitigation project. She also cut an additional
175-thousand for an earthquake-proofing project specific to Peterson Elementary
School. Stevens says he doesn’t understand the governor’s rationale for cutting
2 :41s “…it’s
real important to us.”)
Palin slashed funding for
two local transportation items: 150-thousand dollars for an island-wide comprehensive
transportation plan and another 100-thousand dollars for a Kodiak Island
regional ferry feasibility study. Stevens says those projects are important for
reducing the cost of living in Kodiak’s villages.
(Stevens 3 :18s “…move
ahead on that.”)
The governor also
vetoed 50-thousand dollars for a new bulldozer in Ahkiok. But in three other
cases, she cut in half the original amount allocated by lawmakers. The largest
of those projects was 250-thousand dollars from a 500-thousand dollar
appropriation for the City of Kodiak’s Cruise Ship/Pier II master plan. She
also slashed 32,500 dollars of a 65-thousand dollar allocation for park
renovation and multi-use sports field in Old Harbor and 25-thousand dollars
from a 50-thousand dollar project for new playground equipment in Karluk.
Stevens says he
understands Palin’s request for fiscal responsibility, but he has questions
about some of her spending priorities.
(Stevens 4 1:07 “…just
as important as hers.”)
And Stevens says
he for one wouldn’t be opposed to overriding the governor’s vetoes.
(Stevens 5 :26s “…to
override her veto.”)
Two more projects
from House District 36 were cut by Palin. The communities of Nondalton and
Pedro Bay each lost 50-thousand dollars in funding for new fuel trucks.
I’m Casey Kelly.