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2009-08-05 Senate JournalFull Journal pdf
2009-08-05 Senate Journal Page 1125 SB 75 Message dated May 21 was received stating: 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: HOUSE CS FOR CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 75(FIN) "An Act making and amending appropriations, including capital appropriations, supplemental appropriations, and appropriations to capitalize funds; and providing for an effective date." Chapter 15, SLA 2009 [Effective Date: See Chapter] The budget goals for this administration have been very clear: to slow the growth of government, live within our means, and save for the future. The capital budget presented for legislative consideration this past session was designed to meet these goals. I appreciate the careful consideration and support from the Legislature of this request. SB 75, as passed by the Legislature, contained appropriations for FY2009 and FY2010 totaling $1.87 billion, including $179.4 million in general funds. Through line-item vetoes, I have reduced the appropriations in SB 75 by $11.9 million of which $6.3 million is general fund. Given the decline in oil price and projected revenues for the next fiscal year, this is a modest capital budget. There were very few legislative additions to the budget I presented and there were a number of reductions made throughout the legislative session. The Legislature added projects funded with cruise passenger tax funds and the majority of those projects remain in the budget. I have reduced one project to the level that I had previously requested and vetoed three others and will consider those in a future budget. 2009-08-05 Senate Journal Page 1126 The Legislature also added capital projects for the Alaska Court System including court security, caseload, and facility improvements. I included the court security funding in full and partially vetoed the caseload and facility improvements recognizing these are needed projects and are increases over what was proposed in our budget. The enclosed spreadsheet contains a summary of the vetoed appropriations including the page and line number, fund source, and the reason for the veto. This budget focuses on the state's basic responsibilities, schools, public safety, and needed transportation improvements that are essential to getting Alaska's infrastructure ready for the state's economic future. There is more work to be done and I am committed to working with the Legislature to move Alaska forward. Sincerely, /s/ Sarah Palin Governor A spreadsheet from the Office of Management and Budget, Office of the Governor accompanied the preceding letter and is on file in the Office of the Senate Secretary.