Governor signs budget
Governor Sean Parnell signed off on the state operating and capital budgets on May 14 after vetoing about $67 million in allocaitons.
Big ticket items in the budget for the East Kenai Peninsula are:
Third Avenue Dormitory (AVTEC)
Friends of Jesse Lee Home
Bear Creek FSA Multi-use Facility
North Seward Water Tank & Pump
Seward Harbor $1,180,000
Deferred Maintenance (AVTEC)
Vessel Wash-Down and Wastewater Recycling Facility $641,300
Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery
AVTEC Power Plant $400,000
Cooper Landing Walkable Community
Moose Pass Fire Station
Cooper Landing Senior Center Housing Energy Project
The $10,000,000 in funds for expansion of Seward Marine Industrial Center will be on the general election ballot in November.
According to alaskadispatch.com Parnell’s vetos included:
• $50 million to address long-term funding shortages for the Judicial Retirement System.
• $10.3 million from the proposed $19.3 million substance-abuse-prevention effort planned by the Health and Social Services Department.
• $1 million from the proposed $1.5 million for a Alaska Moose Federation effort to rescue and relocate moose.
• $1.2 million from pre-kindergarten grants, leaving $2.8 million.
• $2.9 million from pupil transportation funding and early learning coordination, leaving $492,500.
• $300,000 from the World Trade Center’s International Trade Partnership Project, leaving nothing.
• $973,000 from Alaska pre-kindergarten pilot project.