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Senate Finance Co-Chairs Comment on Governor’s Proposed Budget

ANCHORAGE-The Co-Chairs of the Senate Finance Committee, Senators Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks) and Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage) gave the following statements in response to Governor Sean Parnell’s proposed budget presentation today:

“This is the second year of budget constraints and I appreciate the Governor’s and the Legislature’s willingness to cut back.  State government has been eating a pretty high-fat diet the last 10 years and its pants are getting pretty tight.  We have no choice to but to put it on a diet.  Though we may disagree on a few things in this budget, I like the direction the Governor is going.” –Senator Pete Kelly

“I’m pleased with the direction the Governor is going with the Operating Budget.  With oil production down, our revenue is down and our corresponding spending must do the same.  We believe this will change in the next year or two as more production comes online as a result of SB21.  For the Capital Budget, I am glad to see the Governor aligned with the priorities established by the Senate last year- maintain current assets and finish what we started.”  -Senator Kevin Meyer

For more information, please call Senate Majority Press Secretary Carolyn Kuckertz at (907) 269-6315.

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