Legislature(2019 - 2020)
2019-02-20 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2019-02-20 House Journal Page 0183 HB 61 HOUSE BILL NO. 61 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act repealing statutes providing for reimbursement for costs of University of Alaska capital projects, municipal capital projects, and power projects; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Education and Finance Committees. 2019-02-20 House Journal Page 0184 The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Zero, Dept. of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development 2. Zero, Dept. of Revenue 3. Zero, Dept. of Transportation & Public Facilities The Governor's transmittal letter dated February 12 follows: "Dear Chief Clerk: Under the authority of Article III, Section 18 of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill that repeals three statutes which provide for annual reimbursement by the state for debt and financing costs associated with certain capital construction projects. The statutes I propose for repeal are AS 14.40.257 Reimbursement of Capital Costs for University of Alaska Projects; AS 29.60.700 Reimbursement of Capital Costs for Municipal Projects; and AS 42.45.065 Reimbursement of Capital Costs for Costs of Power Projects. To bring forth a budget that builds on core functions that impact a majority of Alaskans, each program offered by the state was examined for its value in building a sustainable, predictable, and affordable budget. Each statute that is proposed for repeal in this bill provided for reimbursement "subject to appropriations," and it is apparent that continued appropriations for these projects are not sustainable by the state. For transparency and budget planning by municipalities, and the University of Alaska, the better course is to repeal these statutes effective July 1, 2019. I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Michael J. Dunleavy Governor"