Public testimony on the state operating budget is being taking today in Kenai from 4:15 to 5:15pm at the Kenai Legislative Information Office. On Monday, the House Finance Committee revealed a scaled-back budget of $9.7 billion, trimming 2 percent from the Governor’s proposal. All departments saw cuts, except for corrections.
In particular, the Governor’s proposal of 21 new Alaska State Troopers was revised to 15. Lt. Dane Gilmore said it’s not yet known how those 15 will be distributed around the state if this version of the budget is passed.