Micciche Discusses Local Capital Budget Needs

The state legislature has roughly 1 month left in Juneau, and hot topics of oil taxes and instate energy are continuing, however, there has been a lot of talk recently about the state’s operating and capital budgets. We spoke to State Senator Peter Micciche…


Sen. Micciche(R-Soldotna): “One of the things that frustrated me in the past was, we go through the public process in our communities, you know, the municipalities, the areas outside of the municipalities in the borough, and they we’d send them to Juneau and try to make them all fit, not really staying with the community priorities. What we did was we sat down with Representative Olson and Representative Seaton, our two representatives in District O, we met, and we absolutely adhered to the local priories and made them fit into the capital requests, and I’m very proud of that.”


The unified call from Juneau this year has been for reigned in state spending, we asked how the local area will fare with this in mind…


Sen. Micciche(R-Soldotna): “We hope we do well, but I want folks to keep in mind that our goal is a significantly lower capital budget to match revenue, but we have our key community projects in there, as sent to us in capisis and the various requests from the cities and outlying areas, and we’ll see how it all turns out. Essentially, the Governor had about $25 billion, we added about $25 million for District O and that was about $8 million area wide, which is Kenai to Seldovia, then about $8 million a piece for District 29 and District 30.”

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