Lawmakers bristle at capital project limits

Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2008

JUNEAU - Lawmakers are bristling at Gov. Sarah Palin's request that they prioritize their lists of district capital projects.

The $3.5 billion budget for construction projects statewide was transmitted to the governor's office Wednesday. Palin must decide if she will use her line item veto to strike any of the projects and sign the budget by May 23.

Last year she infuriated lawmakers by vetoing scores of district projects, saying spending was too high.

In a letter sent to Palin on Friday, two House and Senate finance leaders said this year's budget is a responsible plan, and ranking one project over another would create adversarial relationships between communities, neighborhoods and constituents.

The plan contains more than 900 district projects added by the Legislature.

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