by Ted Land
Thursday, June 3, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Gov. Sean Parnell says he does not support expanding a state health insurance program for children and pregnant women. Parnell made the announcement Thursday morning, when he told reporters about the $336 million in spending he's deleting from state budgets.
Parnell has said all along that the capital budget put together by lawmakers is just too big -- so he's making cuts.
"It represented a serious spike in spending," Parnell said. "We need a healthy capital budget to put jobs on the street now. So that's the message I've carried here, that's the message I'll continue to carry."
Among the items Parnell vetoed is all of the money requested to upgrade the Sullivan Arena. Several road projects throughout Anchorage will not be funded. More than half the money requested to construct a new Blood Bank of Alaska building has been cut, as has all $7 million requested to build a wind generation project in Nikiski.