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Spending spree: House majority wants $87 million more in capital budget

House Finance Committee, led by Rep. Paul Seaton, is looking to stuff some $87 million more in the Capital budget today — these are items that are not related to capital projects:

AHFC: $2 million for weatherization

DEED: $20 million more than base student allocation

Hawkins

DEEC: $6 million for pre-K, preschool

DEED: $403,400 for three education specialists

HSS: $48 million for Medicaid, supplemental

HSS: $18 million for clean up of a drafting error

University of Alaska: $7 million for deferred maintenance

DCCED: $20 million for Port of Anchorage and $1.6 million for Port of Nome

DCCED: $200,000 for Goldstream Valley Restoration project

DCCED: $15,000 for Fairbanks volunteers for policing

DCCED: language change on cruise ship berth expansion

The Democrat majority says it will accept these reductions from minority Republicans:

DCCED: -$250,000, a reduction taking away the increase added for the Healthcare Transformation Project.

(This information comes from a confidential document slipped to Must Read Alaska from the House Majority.)

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • They sure love spending other people’s money. I’ve wanted a brand new Harley Davidson & an RV for several years now but they still havn’t appeared in my driveway. However my wife’s bad ankle was surgically repaired. We had to decide where to spend our existing funds. States need to do the same.

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  • Some of these items are capital items

  • Republicans deferred Medicaid costs from last year’s budget so they claim larger budget decreases. So $48 million of the $87 million is for Medicaid that is required by law to be appropriated. But let’s not let a little honesty get in the way of politics.

  • HSS: $18 million for clean up of a drafting error. WTF

  • We pinned all our hopes on oil, now we pin them on “The Fund.”