Sarah Palin today vetoed 268-million dollars from the nearly 3-billion dollar
state capitol budget passed by lawmakers last month.
The largest local item to fall
victim to the governor’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.
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.
She also vetoed
50-thousand dollars for a new bulldozer in Ahkiok.
But in three other
cases, Palin 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.
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.
The governor had
promised vetoes, saying lawmakers had failed to build a fiscally prudent plan.
But District R State Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak said he was “frustrated”
and “perplexed” by the cuts.