FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11th, 2015
Senate Democrats Propose Responsible Capital Budget Cuts
With $4 billion deficit, amendments offered to reduce capital budget by nearly 25% by halting unwanted and fiscally irresponsible projects
JUNEAU – In light of a nearly $4 billion deficit, Senate Democrats offered two amendments on the capital budget to reduce state spending.
Senator Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage) proposed recapturing $19.3 million in funds allocated for the U-Med Access Road.
“Nine community councils from across Anchorage oppose this road. Anchorage doesn’t want this road, Anchorage doesn’t need this road, and Alaska can’t afford this road,” stated Senator Gardner.
Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) offered an amendment to claw back $20 million allocated for the Port Mackenzie Rail extension. This combined with suspending future obligations of over $80 million will save Alaska approximately $100 million.
“We simply cannot afford another over $100 million mega-project while we are slashing education and putting seniors and kids at risk,” said Senator Wielechowski.
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