Representative Sam Kito on budget deal hammered out by Legislature

    A member of the Juneau legislative delegation responded to the budget deal hammered out by the Legislature while a guest on Action Line Thursday.

    A member of the Juneau legislative delegation responded to the budget deal hammered out by the Legislature while a guest on Action Line Thursday.

    Representative Sam Kito said of the spending plan, "We've gotten a lot a things into the budget that are very important for the state. The first thing we've done is avoided sending pink slips out so state government can continue to operate. Along with that, we were able to get some additional funding for education, maintaining the $50 BSA increase and then adding a little bit. We also were able to get some money for early childhood education and those are very important. We also were able to make sure that the funding sources for the Alaska Marine Highway System did not overly impact the fund, which is a positive. There are a lot of great things in this budget we were able to do. One challenge is the budget was passed prior to getting the rest of the fiscal plan. "

    That's why Kito opposed the way this budget is funded, "I actually did not support the withdraw from the Constitutional Budget Reserve for that point, really. It's a $3.2 billion draw and other members of both caucuses have confidence that we will be able to get to a broader fiscal plan this special session. My position is a little more reserved; I'd like to see that before having to pull that money out but, right now, the money is identified for the budget. It keeps the state moving forward and now the heavy lifting begins trying to get a fiscal plan passed before we exit the special session."

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