Gov. Sean Parnell is seeking spending restraint for next year’s state budget.
Parnell’s been preaching this since taking office. He recently met with his commissioners to let them know that when they write their budgets, they should do so in the context of the state constitution, Alaska’s economy and the global economy.
Parnell says the state is currently looking at a decline in revenue next year, due to factors including lower oil prices. If that situation holds, he says he will seek less spending.
Parnell’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 is due in December.
He is also continuing his call to get more oil in the trans-Alaska pipeline, saying declining production will eventually force “drastic changes” in state spending habits.
- The vote allows road projects and other construction to move forward. It was the only piece of business for the six-hour special session.
- Derek Sikes is an associate professor of entomology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and insect curator at the Museum of the North. He said populations of various types of bugs can vary widely from year to year.
- Federal authorities are charging a Utah man in the murder of his wife aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Southeast Alaska. Kenneth Ray Manzanares, 39, of Santa Clara, Utah, is charged in the death of Kristy Manzanares, who died Tuesday.