The Alaska legislature, in a joint session has voted to over-ride former Governor Sarah Palin’s veto of $28.6 million dollars of federal energy and weatherization funds…with not one vote to spare. I FEEL SO STIMULATED! Weatherization and energy needs for Alaskans! Wahoooo!
Palin’s brother was in the audience. Standing room only.
After some debate, the legislators voted to over-ride Sarah Palin’s veto 45 yeas to 14 nays. $28.6 million dollars in federal energy and weatherization stimulus funds will now not be going to another state. Contrary to the Street Tea Baggers…the funds WOULD NOT have gone back to the US Treasury. Alaska federal tax payers would have still been on the hook, however. At least now, with the veto over-ride, the State of Alaska derives the benefit of the federal stimulus funds.
No votes cast in the House:Austerman, Kelly, Stoltze, Neuman, Keller, Fairclough, Lynn, Johnson, Coghill
No votes cast in the Senate: Therriault, Wagoner, Bunde, Dyson, Huggins
The Alaska Legislature, meeting in an oh-so-special session in downtown Anchorage at the Egan Center, also confirmed Craig Campbell as Lt. Governor. This special session, triggered by Sarah Palin’s unexpected and abrupt departure, was estimated to cost somewhere north of $100,000.
Senator Burt Stedman is reviewing other vetoes of former Governor Palin for a possible joint session debate and over-ride. The vetoed projects in question include $4.9 Million for Alaska Court System’s Anchorage Campus, $394,000 Alaska Court upgrades, $2.3 Million for Ketchikan Cruise Ship berth replacement and signal, over $2.6 Million for Sitka projects, $1Million for Informations Services. For a total of over $11Million dollars.
I’ll update soon, but let me say, the Senate Minority should STAY THE MINORITY. They are complete obstructionist…ideologically stunted.
Sarah Palin’s other vetos were not over ridden.