Sen. Kelly Releases Statement on Prioritizing Budget
JUNEAU – Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, released the following statement today on the need to prioritize passage of an operating budget.
“The Senate Majority is prioritizing negotiations on an operating budget above all else. The clock is ticking; 19,000 Alaskans and their families have their jobs on the line, with thousands more Alaskans and businesses searching for certainty and stability that the Legislature can provide with a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
“The Senate is committed to delivering that certainty to Alaskans and our economy. We will continue to work with the House next week on a prioritized budget and, secondarily, on the other items on the special session agenda.
“We believe we have made and will continue to make progress toward compromises on the items which have consensus. Multiple conference committees are setting schedules for action next week, and we anticipate public notice of those meetings soon.
“An operating budget and stabilization of our fiscal problems, including the elimination of cashable oil credits, remain our priorities, and we believe these items are matters of consensus that we can find a compromise on with our colleagues in the House.”