With Alaska’s gas prices officially the highest
in the nation, the need for some sort of relief for citizens is being discussed
in the legislative session. Mary Donaldson has more.
Governor Sarah Palin’s proposal to
give every qualified Alaskan 12-hundred dollars for energy cost relief was talked
about this (Tuesday) morning during the special legislative session in Juneau. The relief is
intended to help residents pay for heating fuel and gasoline as the costs for
them are continually rising.
Kodiak Representative Gabrielle
LeDoux is co-chair to community and regional affairs committee, and says that
the need for this short term relief is essential.
Though this is a short term fix, she
describes this bill as a “necessary bandage to help bleeding Alaskans.”
(LeDoux :44s “…in the here and now.”)
She says as
far as fuel relief for fishermen, the plans will have to incorporate a more long
term solution in order to make a difference.
(LeDoux 2 :23s “…impact on fishermen.”)
She says the bill was introduced
today (Tuesday) and public testimony will be taken in Anchorage Thursday. Those interested in commenting,
but are not able to be in Anchorage
can take part in a conference call at the Kodiak Legislative Information Office
from 4 to 6 p.m. Further input will be taken in Juneau next Tuesday, and the bill will then
be heard in front of the finance committee before it goes to the house floor.
I’m Mary Donaldson.