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2009-08-05 House Journal

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2009-08-05                     House Journal                      Page 1217
HB 113                                                                                                                        
The following letter dated May 21, 2009, was received:                                                                          
"Dear Speaker Chenault:                                                                                                         
On this date I signed with line-item vetoes the following bill passed by                                                        
the first regular session of the Twenty-Sixth Alaska State Legislature                                                          
and am transmitting the engrossed and enrolled copies to the                                                                    
Lieutenant Governor's Office for permanent filing:                                                                              
      SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 113(FIN)(brf sup                                                                      
      maj fld H)                                                                                                                
      "An Act making supplemental appropriations, capital                                                                       
      appropriations, and other appropriations; amending                                                                        
      appropriations; making appropriations to capitalize funds; and                                                            
      providing for an effective date."                                                                                         
      Chapter No. 14, SLA 2009                                                                                                  
      [Effective Date:  See Chapter]                                                                                            
As passed, the supplemental operating and capital appropriations for                                                            
FY2009 reduce demand on the general fund by $55.8 million.                                                                      
FY2009 has been a year of unprecedented revenue volatility.  I                                                                  
appreciate all of the efforts made by state agencies to reduce spending                                                         
in the current year through measures we implemented very early in the                                                           
fiscal year and look forward to working with the Legislature to make                                                            
further reductions.                                                                                                             
The Legislature and the administration have been aligned in our efforts                                                         
to reduce spending and extend the life of our savings accounts during                                                           
the current economic downturn.  With these changes, less than $788                                                              
million will need to be drawn from savings to cover expenditures in                                                             
Through line-item vetoes, I have deleted the fiscal note of $86,700 in                                                          
Section 13(d) relating to deceased permanent fund dividend                                                                      
applicants, which did not pass this session, and also a reappropriation                                                         
in section 14(e) that was not necessary.  The enclosed spreadsheet                                                              
contains a summary of the vetoed appropriations including the page                                                              
and line number, fund source, and the reason for the veto.                                                                      

2009-08-05                     House Journal                      Page 1218
We were successful in minimizing the FY2009 supplemental request                                                                
through implementing specific savings targets and strategies.  I will                                                           
continue to direct state agencies to manage their budgets for                                                                   
efficiencies and achieve lower levels of spending in the current and                                                            
upcoming fiscal year.                                                                                                           
                                          Sarah Palin                                                                          
A spreadsheet from the Office of the Governor, Office of Management                                                             
and Budget, pertaining to budget vetoes accompanied the letter and is                                                           
on file in the Chief Clerk's office.