by Ted Land
Thursday, April 8, 2010
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Some lawmakers in Juneau say they're shocked at the $2.2 billion capital budget proposed by the Senate. Its creators say it will put Alaskans to work constructing or fixing up state buildings, roads and ports.
"Holy smoke," said Anchorage Rep. Mike Doogan in response to the spending plan, which includes federal funds. "That's nonsense, frankly. You know, you don't spend $2 billion in the hopes that you're going to put a few people to work a couple of days, a couple of months earlier than you would otherwise."
"Most of those projects in there will put Alaskans to work," said House Speaker Mike Chenault. "And with the economy that we're in, we certainly need the jobs that the capital budget could create."
Presumably, representatives will want to add some of their priorities to what's already in the budget, pushing the price tag even higher.