Budget totals $5.6 billion, a $1.3 billion decrease from current spending levels
ANCHORAGE – Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell chose a friendly crowd for the release of his budget for the coming fiscal year: the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, which generally supports budget cuts and his tax reform proposals.
Thursday, he told members he’s planning to cut $1.3 billion in general fund spending for fiscal year 2015.
In the current fiscal year, general fund spending stands at $6.9 billion. In the coming year, Parnell proposes decreasing it to $5.6 billion.
The budget proposal follows news last week of a projected state revenue shortfall of $2 billion for the current fiscal year.
The governor wasn’t all about cutting, though. He also pitched a plan to pay down part of the unfunded liability in the state pension fund from budget reserves.
His budget proposal would also increase the numbers of troopers and Village Public Safety Officers.