Parnell concerned about spending draft

Posted: Sunday, March 07, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell says he's "deeply concerned" by a lack of funds in a draft spending plan for some of his priority projects.

A co-chairman of the House Finance Committee, Rep. Mike Hawker, said that "might be a bit hysteric." Committee work on an operating budget continues, and he viewed Parnell's statement as lobbying for Parnell's initiatives.

Parnell said a recent draft strips funding for instate gas development and a $400 million merit scholarship plan.

Hawker said it's inappropriate for lawmakers to approve funds for a scholarship proposal that first needs statutory authorization. Other bills pending could address that.

Hawker also said instate gas requests remain under consideration, though some House members question the administration's commitment to the project.

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