Parnell and Legislature Dueling Over Budget

The capital in Juneau on Thursday was trying to get a handle around the capital projects budget released by the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday night.  Drawing special attention was the section of the bill that outlines special projects in local communities.   Calculations of its financial impact are ranging between $900 million and $1.1 billion. That figure does not include money the Senate might add later before it finally passes – or that House members will want to add at their own discretion. Governor Sean Parnell says lawmakers are on track to creating a $3 billion budget. He calls that “bloated” by his standards and he says he directly asked the senate majority to take another approach to the plan.

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

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