Lawmakers Respond to Governor's Budget
Say to expect pushback on education funding
State lawmakers don’t convene in Juneau for a month, but some of them already are starting to examine the state budget proposed Thursday by Governor Sean Parnell.
Anchorage Representative Berta Gardner says she generally agrees with the governor that a few billion dollars in surplus revenues should be saved, rather than spent.
“I don’t think we’ve even inflation-proofed education,” Gardner said. “While we want to be prudent and we want to prepare for the future, we don't want to do it on the backs of our kids; that's penny-wise and pound-foolish, so I think the governor can expect see some push-back on education funding.”
Gardner says funding should be increased on a per-student basis.The legislature gavels in on January 17 in Juneau.