District 36 Representative Alan Austerman of Kodiak was on KMXT's Talk of the
Rock last week, and discussed the many issues that came out of this year's
money eased the budgetary woes that come with lower crude oil prices, but
Governor Sarah Palin's rejection of 28-million dollars for energy assistance
and weatherization, was a move Austerman didn't agree with.
-- (Austerman 1 :42 "We
think she should have ... throughout the state.")
legislature could call itself back into session to override Palin's veto, but
Austerman told KMXT's Jay Barrett they could also wait until the next
-- (Austerman 2 34 sec "We
were told by the ... other states that will use it.")
Palin's desire for a higher profile among Lower 48 conservatives, some have
interpreted her veto of the stimulus funds as political posturing.
-- (Austerman 3 21 sec "There's
always that ... addressed some of the issues.")
said he got some heat from conservatives in Kodiak for his vote against the
confirmation of Wayne Anthony Ross as Palin's attorney general - the first
rejection of a cabinet member in Alaska history. Austerman reached his decision
after Ross made the comment that the legislature should, quote, "not argue with
legal or illegal," unquote, in the appointment of a senator for Juneau. It was
a statement Ross later denied making.
-- (Austerman 4 24 sec "I
asked him that question ... he shouldn't be lying.")
read more of Austerman's positions on his blog, Alan Austerman dot com.
As for his
summer plans, Austerman said he was going to visit some of the mainland
communities in District 36, which stretches from the Katmai coast to Lake