Sean Parnell signed both the state operating budget and the state capital
projects budget yesterday afternoon, and like much of the state, Kodiak did not
have projects vetoed. In fact, of the $66-million vetoed by the governor,
$50-million of that was for the Judicial Retirement Trust Fund.
combined budgets total about $12-billion - $9-billion to run the state and
almost $3-billion for projects.
There is $870-million
for transportation, $210-million for energy projects and $90-million for health
care. Though for every dollar spent on projects, four dollars were put into the
state's savings accounts.
approved was the $453-million general obligation bond package that would fund
ports and harbor projects around the state if it is passed by voters this
budget item for the Kodiak area is $30-million of state money to build a new
launch pad at Narrow Cape to handle larger rockets with greater payloads. Improvements
to Kodiak State Airport were funded at $26-million, though that is all federal
pass-through money. In the city, Pier 3 replacement received $18.1-million in
direct funding, and includes more money in the general obligation bond. If that
is passed, the new cargo dock will not cost the city anything.
Electric Association received $7.8-million to help pay for expansion of the
Pillar Mountain wind far, which will double in size this summer from three
turbines to six.
Park received $3.6-million for replacement of the track and football field.
Regional Aquaculture Association received about $2.5-million for improvements
for the Kitoi Bay and Pillar Creek hatcheries.
Island Borough will receive over $6-million for expansion of the landfill on
Monashka Bay Road, while another $7-million has been appropriated for the
Kodiak High School project.
Gary Stevens, the Senate President, said he was very pleased with Parnell's
actions, saying the agreement where the legislature promised not to overspend
if the governor wouldn't veto projects, held up well. Stevens called it a great
day for all Alaskans.