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2004-06-22 House Journal

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2004-06-22                     House Journal                      Page 4447
HJR 103                                                                                           
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 103 by the House Rules                                                   
Committee by request of the Governor:                                                               
     Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska                                
     relating to an appropriation limit.                                                            
was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary and Finance                                   
The following fiscal note(s) apply:                                                                 

2004-06-22                     House Journal                      Page 4448
1.  Fiscal, Office of the Governor                                                                  
The Governor's transmittal letter dated June 21, 2004, follows:                                     
"Dear Speaker Kott:                                                                                 
Under the authority of article III, section 18, of the Alaska                                       
Constitution, I am transmitting a resolution relating to an appropriation                           
or "spending" limit.  This resolution gives voters the chance to directly                           
voice their opinion on a spending limit at the ballot box.  A spending                              
limit is an integral part of the transition to a long-range fiscal plan for                         
The model for this resolution is the version of Committee Substitute                                
House Joint Resolution 9 (CSHJR 9) as it passed the House in the                                    
regular session (CSHJR 9(FIN) am).  There are some technical                                        
changes, which were recommended by the Department of Law.                                           
Specifically, in the list of appropriations excluded from the                                       
appropriation limit, references to "state lease debt" have been changed                             
to "capital leases" to more accurately reflect the description of these                             
obligations in governmental accounting.  Other technical changes were                               
made to more clearly provide that the "excluded" appropriations are to                              
be excluded from the appropriation limit itself as well as from                                     
calculation of the appropriation limit.                                                             
The resolution presents the public with the opportunity to approve a                                
spending limit with enough "teeth" in it to be effective.  If approved by                           
the Legislature and passed by the voters, it will prevent government                                
spending from growing too large, too fast.  Alaskans want spending                                  
controlled to produce a leaner, more efficient, effective state                                     
government.  Passage of the resolution sends the signal the Legislature                             
has heard the message and will allow Alaskans to vote on the issue.                                 
I urge your prompt and favorable action on this resolution.                                         
                                 Sincerely yours,                                                   
                                 Frank H. Murkowski