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2010-07-09 Senate Journal Page 2586 SB 230 Message dated June 3 was received, stating: Dear President Stevens: 2010-07-09 Senate Journal Page 2587 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: HOUSE CS FOR CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 230(FIN) am H "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." Chapter 43, SLA 2010 Effective Date: See Chapter We will grow Alaska by investing in infrastructure while spending less and saving more for the future. In developing the budget, I set a spending limit and allocated funds to constitutionally established priorities; including resource development, education, public safety, and infrastructure. The capital budget I presented for legislative consideration provided a healthy level of investment while taking the longer term view of spending. As passed, the level of spending in the capital budget is too high. Because Alaska is so dependent on volatile oil revenues, it makes sense to look forward ten years and save for the day when we again are likely to have a sizeable deficit. I have made reductions with several key factors in mind - life/health/safety, infrastructure and jobs now, and balance across legislative districts. I appreciate legislators working with me to identify the high priority projects in their districts. HCS CSSB 230(FIN) am H as passed by the Legislature contained appropriations for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011, totaling $3.2 billion, including $1.6 billion in general funds. Through line-item vetoes, I have reduced the appropriations in the capital budget by $300 million of which $293.5 million is general fund. The enclosed spreadsheet contains a summary of the vetoed appropriations including the page and line number, fund source, and the reason for the veto. 2010-07-09 Senate Journal Page 2588 The capital budget I signed into law includes $1.26 billion for transportation, including highways and aviation projects, $88.5 million for water and sewer projects, $451.6 million for K-12 education and the University, $123.3 million for deferred maintenance projects, and $77.2 million for renewable and other energy projects. Funding for fire stations and emergency services, seniors and elder care facilities, port and harbor development was also approved along with $35 million for the Port MacKenzie Rail Extension, $40 million for the Tanana River Bridge, and $20 million for the Port of Anchorage which are significant economic development projects that will create jobs and economic growth. These new capital dollars, along with over $750 million in projects from previous capital budgets that are going out to bid over the next few months, will put Alaskans to work now. The budget focuses on the State's constitutional responsibilities, resource development and management, schools, public safety, and infrastructure essential to Alaska's economic future. Sincerely, /s/ Sean Parnell 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.