As we reported, the State House Last week, passed their $9.71 billion version of the operating budget. The House Finance Committee version of the budget cut $111 million from the Governor’s requested budget, while cutting two percent in state general funds from agency budgets.
We spoke to State House Speaker Mike Chenault about those cuts..
Speaker Chenault(R-Nikiski): “We’re concerned over the declining revenue, and the continuing escalation of the operating budget, and we’re looking at ways to bring some of these programs under control, where if that revenue stream continues to drop, we’ll be able to provide government services that people need into the future, without dipping as deep into savings as we may have to.
The operating budget now moves to the State Senate for further consideration.