FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2017

SENATOR BERTA GARDNER RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED BUDGET 


ANCHORAGE
– Today, Senator Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage) released the following statement on the Governor’s proposed budget and legislative priorities:

“I am heartened to see the Governor’s budget acknowledge Alaskans do not feel safe in their homes and communities. The Senate Democrats have been advocating for increased public safety and appreciate that the Governor is adding more troopers, drug offense prosecutors, criminal investigators, and adding grants to address substance abuse treatment. These are all good steps to increase our security and improve lives.

“I applaud his efforts and innovative ideas including biennial budgets to increase certainty in state services, using per-diem as a tool to encourage the legislature to pass budgets in a timely manner, and creating a small, temporary payroll tax to put people back to work on deferred maintenance projects.

“However, I doubt Alaskans support taxing only working people for necessary state infrastructure while prioritizing the use of dwindling state funds to pay credits to oil and gas companies.

“We absolutely must focus on creating confidence in Alaska and predictability for families, employees, teachers, bankers, and all Alaskans. I look forward to working with my colleagues to make this a budget that reflects Alaska’s conscience.”

Members of the press with questions may contact Alaska Senate Democratic Press Secretary, Noah Hanson at 907-269-0155.

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