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2010-07-09 House Journal

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HB 300                                                                                                                        
The following letter was dated June 3 and received June 4, 2010:                                                                

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"Dear Speaker Chenault,                                                                                                         
On this date I signed, with line item vetoes, the following bill passed                                                         
by the second 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:                                                                          
    CONFERENCE CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 300                                                                                        
    "An Act making appropriations for the operating and loan                                                                    
    program expenses of state government, for certain programs, and                                                             
    to capitalize funds; and providing for an effective date."                                                                  
    Chapter No. 41, SLA 2010                                                                                                    
    [Effective Date:  See Chapter]                                                                                              
The budget I presented to the legislature limited State agency growth                                                           
to 2.2%, while preserving services important to Alaskans. I appreciate                                                          
the careful consideration and support from the legislature of this                                                              
House Bill 300 as passed by the legislature contained appropriations                                                            
for Fiscal Year 2011 totaling $8.5 billion, of which $5.4 billion is                                                            
general fund. The budget includes special appropriations for tax                                                                
credits, revenue sharing, and direct deposits to the retirement system                                                          
costs, and includes funding for public education, the university, public                                                        
health and safety, transportation, resource development, and funding                                                            
for State government programs, services, and grants.                                                                            
The FY2011 operating budget I submitted to you was a responsible,                                                               
fiscally conservative budget given the current revenue forecast and                                                             
economic conditions. I appreciate that the legislature shares the                                                               
administration's concern about the size and growth of the budget and                                                            
that you made few changes to my request.                                                                                        
Through line-item vetoes, I have reduced the appropriations in HB 300                                                           
by $35.9 million including deleting fiscal notes for legislation that did                                                       
not pass this session and for bills that did not become law.                                                                    
I have also vetoed $2,920.4 million relating to the fiscal note for SB
13 that expands Medicaid eligibility. As SB 13 progressed through the                                                           

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legislature, I was not made aware that expansion of Medicaid                                                                    
eligibility included funding abortions through Denali Kid Care. I am                                                            
opposed to expanding eligibility for publically funded abortions and                                                            
will not sign SB 13 into law.                                                                                                   
The enclosed spreadsheet contains a summary of the vetoed                                                                       
appropriations including the appropriation cite, fund source, and the                                                           
reason for the veto.                                                                                                            
Sean Parnell                                                                                                                    
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.