Legislature(2009 - 2010)

2010-01-19 House Journal

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HB 301                                                                                                                        
HOUSE BILL NO. 301 by the House Rules Committee by request of                                                                   
the Governor, entitled:                                                                                                         
     "An Act making and amending appropriations, including capital                                                              
     appropriations, supplemental appropriations, and other                                                                     
     appropriations; making appropriations to capitalize funds; and                                                             
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
was read the first time and referred to the Finance Committee.                                                                  
The Governor's transmittal letter dated January 15, 2010, follows:                                                              
"Dear Speaker Chenault:                                                                                                         
Under the authority of Art. III, Sec. 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I                                                         
am transmitting a bill relating to the State of Alaska's capital budget                                                         
for Fiscal Year 2011 (FY2011).                                                                                                  
My number one mission as Governor is to promote economic growth                                                                 
and opportunities for families. My budget proposal for Fiscal Year                                                              
2011 is based on clear priorities from our constitutional mandates for                                                          
spending: education, public safety, transportation, and responsible                                                             
resource development.                                                                                                           
The proposed capital budget will fuel Alaska's economy and put                                                                  
Alaskans to work. The budget includes $85.4 million to leverage over                                                            
$700 million in federal funds, as well as other funds.  The budget also                                                         
includes a request for $100 million for the first year of a five-year                                                           
deferred maintenance plan to repair the buildings and infrastructure                                                            
already in place and to provide continuing maintenance on these                                                                 
structures, thereby taking care of the State of Alaska's assets.  This bill                                                     

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will also keep Alaska's contractors employed. Energy and gas line                                                               
development, including in-state gas, are key elements of the proposed                                                           
capital budget.                                                                                                                 
My proposed capital budget recognizes that responsible resource                                                                 
development has allowed Alaska the opportunity to prosper and grow,                                                             
and remains the foundation for our future prosperity. We must                                                                   
leverage our funds to fight for safe, sound development, and to                                                                 
promote private-sector investment and job creation. The capital budget                                                          
represents a significant investment in Alaska's infrastructure, including                                                       
surface transportation, airport improvements, water and wastewater                                                              
projects, schools, and State facilities maintenance.                                                                            
I have met with numerous Alaskans, including community and                                                                      
business leaders, as well as legislators regarding funding requests for                                                         
many worthy projects in our State. As you know, I received far more                                                             
requests than I could possibly propose in the budget submitted today. I                                                         
look forward to working with the Legislature to finalize the capital                                                            
budget for the upcoming fiscal year.                                                                                            
                               Sean Parnell