ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Gov. Sean Parnell announced $412 million in budget vetoes, Wednesday afternoon.
“With these vetoes, you could say Alaska’s budget is ‘at fightin’ weight,’” Parnell said in a prepared statement. “Living within our means will keep Alaska fit and strong.”
The cuts were mostly made to the capital spending plan, which includes money for roads, repairs, construction and equipment.
The $3.2 billion capital budget was trimmed to $2.8 billion, which includes more than $1 billion in energy projects.
Millions will go to the Susitna hydro project, and similar projects in Ketchikan and Sitka.
There’s also a multi-million-dollar chunk for renewable energy grants, home weatherization, and a geothermal project at Mt. Spurr.
$200 million will advance planning work for an in-state natural gas pipeline.
More than $1 billion will go to highway and airport projects throughout the state. Another $114 million will go to fix up state buildings, whose repairs have been deferred over the years.