Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy has added an agenda item to the second special session after a request ftom legislators.
Governor Dunleavy shared the following statement on social media on Friday evening:
“Earlier today, at the request of Senate Majority Leader Mia Costello and House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, I announced that I would amend the call for the Second Special Session to include items pertaining to the capital budget when the Alaska State Legislature convenes in Wasilla on Monday, July 8th. As you may know, current work on the capital budget is incomplete, failing to include an adequate funding source and leaving more than $1 billion of federal transportation dollars on the table.”
Senate Majority Leader Mia Costello and House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt signed a letter Friday asking Gov. Mike Dunleavy to add federal matching dollars for airport and highway projects in the DOT and Public Facilities budget to the call for the second legislative special session.
“At this point, the legislature needs to understand that the only path to a solution involves working with the governor and each other,” said Sen. Mia Costello (R-Anchorage), Senate Majority Leader. “I hope that when the legislature arrives in Wasilla on Monday, that they’ll be ready to address the issues that Alaskans need to be addressed, such as funding for roads and infrastructure, and the PFD.”
“Roads are crucial to our economy, and we simply cannot allow legislative gridlock to jeopardize our roads,” said Rep. Lance Pruitt (R-Anchorage), House Minority Leader. “I hope the governor will act on our request quickly and that our colleagues in the Senate will recognize the urgent need to come together in Wasilla to ensure that our road funding is secure.”
“I’m encouraged that our leaders are willing to put important road and infrastructure projects before politics,” added Sen. Mike Shower (R-Mat-Su). “I look forward to supporting these projects during our upcoming special session.”
“I encourage Governor Dunleavy to add this to the call for the second special session,” Rep. Kelly Merrick (R-Eagle River) said. “These projects are crucial for Alaskans, and will provide jobs, economic growth, and ensure the safety of our families.”
The second legislative special session is due to begin Monday, July 8 at Wasilla Middle School.