by Lorien Nettleton ~ December 14th, 2012
Governor Parnell submitted his budget to the legislature at a meeting of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce on Friday. In his remarks, he hi-lighted main areas of the proposed $12.8 billion tab.
Among the first areas the Governor emphasized was public safety.
The Governor formalized his request for $10 million for Chinook Salmon research.
Energy priorities in the Governor’s budget include $95 million dollars for the Susitna Watana Hydro dam project.
He also asked the state for $125 million for the sustainable energy fund, another $51.5 million for the Weatherization and Home energy rebate funds.
Resource extraction was also prioritized, with $18 million for Roads to Resources for access to mineral and timber extraction.
Other budget priorities include education, and Parnell stated a goal of increasing Graduation Rates in Alaska up to 90% by the year 2020. Today’s graduation rate is 70%