The 2015 session of the Alaska legislature starts in less than two weeks. Around the state, elected officials are getting ready to head to Juneau. KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with State Senator Mike Dunleavy (dun-LAY-vee) about his plans once the session is underway.
Given the current price of oil and the deficit facing the State of Alaska, Senator Mike Dunleavy’s priorities are not too surprising.
“Somebody asked me the other day, ‘What are your top three priorities?’ I said, ‘The budget, the budget, and the budget.'”
At current projections, the state could be facing a deficit in excess of $3 billion. Governor Bill Walker took office last month, and has already put a hold on a number of capital projects. Senator Dunleavy says that is just the beginning.
“There have been some capital projects that have been earmarked for possible elimination. I think there’s going to be a reception by most folks on reducing our capital budget significantly, at least for this year. That’s the easy lift.” (more…)