Capital projects are in Senate budget bill over Palin objections

Posted: Thursday, March 06, 2008

JUNEAU - Capital projects that were vetoed last summer could get vetoed again.

Over the objections of Gov. Sarah Palin, the Senate on Wednesday passed a budget bill that restores more than half the funding for the capital projects she cut last year.

The supplemental budget was approved 12-2. The budget is generally reserved for unforeseen spending in the current budget year.

The $51 million for capital projects is just a small portion of the budget's $785 million in general fund spending. But it's become a flash point between Palin and lawmakers.

She sent a letter to the Senate before members met Wednesday, saying she had vetoed the projects because overall spending was too high.

Without knowing what lawmakers plan to spend in 2009, she said she could not permit them to shift the projects back to the current fiscal year budget.

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