JUNEAU, Alaska — Gov. Sean Parnell says it's too early in the legislative session to make judgments on whether certain priorities of his administration will make meaningful progress in the next few months.
Among those priorities: his desire to suspend the 8-cent per gallon state motor fuel tax, which most lawmakers say is important to bring in revenue for road construction and repair.
"The state government doesn't need it," Parnell said.
Earlier in the week, Senate President Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, also criticized the Parnell administration for not taking a stance on a bill to provide lunches in Alaska schools.
Senators expressed frustration that new Education Commissioner Mike Hanley was not present to testify during a committee hearing on the proposal.
"(Hanley) is a principal at Kincaid Elementary. He felt a responsibility to the parents of that school to provide a smooth transition to the new principal, which he has done," Parnell said of the absence, noting that Hanley is now in place to work with lawmakers.