In a teleconference Monday, Senator-elect Mark Begich met
with 30 mayors and other city leaders from across Alaska, asking them to submit
project priority lists that are ready to commence within 120 days, as Congress
develops a national economic stimulus package.
City Mayor Carolyn Floyd represented Kodiak during the
teleconference with Begich.
-- (Floyd 1 51 sec "He kind of went over ... two disinfectant methods.")
Floyd said she was pleased to have the opportunity to talk
directly to Begich, and that she believes Kodiak's concerns were heard.
-- (Floyd 2 10
sec "He was listening ... reaction
to our presentation.")
On the teleconference, Begich said that many in Congress
want to move quickly on an economic recovery bill that could total more than
800 billion dollars. The bill will likely cover transportation and energy
infrastructure funding as well as programs such as extended unemployment and
food stamp benefits. Begich said even with a large economic stimulus package,
money will be tight, and there will be intense scrutiny on projects moving
forward. He asked the mayors to return their lists, with projects prioritized,
by Dec. 29.