The state legislature will enter session in just over one month. There are a number of hot topics awaiting representatives and senators when they get to Juneau, including education, the state capital budget, energy, and the controversial bill to streamline DNR’s permitting processes. Senator Mike Dunleavy says that one of his priorities is to talk to his constituents in the Mat-Su Valley in order to get a feel for what capital projects are most needed. With less revenue and a constrained capital budget, he says it’s important to prioritize.
“I’ve made a point, and its a philosophy of mine, to ensure that we fund, at least in our district, basic needs: sewer and water, roads, schools, emergency equipment, firefighting equipment, emergency shelters, et cetera. And I’ll continue to do that.” (more…)