Governor Parnell, Please Help Button Up Alaska

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Aug 10, 2009

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A special session begins today in Alaska to confirm acting Lieutenant Governor Craig Campbell to permanently fill that post.

Also on the agenda is discussion about overturning Sarah Palin’s veto of the stimulus money for weatherization and a chance for Governor Parnell to reverse the veto and accept the funds.

This is not just about saving resources by building energy efficient homes. This is about locking out the damp, cold air so people, like Ann, don’t have mold gardens growing behind their refrigerators.

Sarah Palin vetoed the funds because she perceived there would be strings attached. By now we’ve all learned to read between the lines when it comes to her perceptions.

You, Governor Parnell, have taken a bold step by petitioning Secretary Locke concerning the fishery disaster.

Here’s a chance to make a more immediate step toward improving the lives of all Alaskans.

There’s nothing wrong with zoning rules requiring energy efficiency standards adapted to Alaska’s unique climate. It makes sense to ensure homes and office buildings are tight in the first place.

It’s not a string that’s attached, it’s a good, strong cord that will last through more seasons than a flimsy piece of string.

Please accept the stimulus money and spend it wisely!

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9 Responses to “Governor Parnell, Please Help Button Up Alaska”

  1. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign Says:

    This is going to be interesting – I do not understand why Gov. Parnell is standing behind the loony Gov’s stimulus stance, and to date he has not really given the reason why.

    If you are from Rural AK – call or get those emails going to your Senator and House Representative TODAY regarding getting those weatherization funds pointed toward the villages. It’s going to be a busy day, and I’m hoping that they are checking their email and phone messages.

    http://www.adn.com/news/government/legislature/story/892530.html

    • Where: Egan Center in downtown Anchorage

    • Time: The gavel drops at 9 a.m. for the House and 10 a.m. for the Senate.

    • What’s happening? The Senate State Affairs Committee will hold a 10:30 a.m. hearing on the proposed confirmation of Craig Campbell as lieutenant governor. That will be followed by a 1 p.m. joint session for votes on Campbell’s confirmation and whether to override Sarah Palin’s veto of $28 million in federal economic stimulus money for energy cost relief.

    • Is it open to the public? Yes, there will be seats set aside for the general public to watch.

    We don’t have a broadcast on Gavel to Gavel due to the expense of flying crew to Anchorage from Juneau, so to me it’s a little weird to have this session going on and not be able to watch. However, there will be audio on the Legislature’s web site:

    http://w3.legis.state.ak.us/index.php (you might have to find the Audio Files link on this page).

  2. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign Says:

    Here is the link that will take you right to the Legislative session live audio streaming:

    http://w3.legis.state.ak.us/special2009.asx

  3. Michigander Says:

    I listened in – Yay!!!! They overode the veto. So relieved.

  4. anonymousbloggers Says:

    When will we know Gov. Parnell’s intentions?

  5. alaskapi Says:

    http://www.adn.com/news/politics/story/893955.html#none
    Legislature overrides Palin’s veto on stimulus

    The Associated Press

    Published: August 10th, 2009 02:31 PM
    Last Modified: August 10th, 2009 02:41 PM

    The Alaska Legislature has overridden former Gov. Sarah Palin’s veto of more than $28 million in federal stimulus funds for energy projects. The vote was 45-14.
    ———————————————-

    Now, we wait on Governor Parnell…

  6. UgaVic Says:

    There is hope SOMEONE is listening!!

    It is taking us longer than the urban areas, for many reasons, to take advantage of these programs.

    The hope that we can move even farther forward in the bush by having access to more funds is great.

    NOW to make sure those funds are used wisely and not just towards pet projects or more and more studies where enough data has been gathered.

    Viable projects must be funded and homes must be upgraded.

    Hopefully Gov Parnell will follow up!

  7. Jim Says:

    Who decides how to spend the 30 million?

  8. Kath the Scrappy Says:

    At least, THIS vote was a big step forward. Congrats AK!

  9. alaskapi Says:

    Legislature overrides Palin’s veto on stimulus

    By SEAN COCKERHAM
    scockerham@adn.com

    Published: August 10th, 2009 02:31 PM
    Last Modified: August 10th, 2009 11:23 PM

    Legislature overrides Palin’s veto on stimulus

    By SEAN COCKERHAM
    scockerham@adn.com

    Published: August 10th, 2009 02:31 PM
    Last Modified: August 10th, 2009 11:23 PM

    …The new governor, Sean Parnell, supported Palin’s veto and after the vote thanked the legislators who opposed the override. But he also said he does not expect to have to now impose a building code, despite the claims by former Gov. Palin. Parnell’s explanation was that “the requirements have changed” for what Alaska needs to do to get the money.

    Parnell wrote a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Monday formally accepting the money, telling Chu he was relying on the assurances the department made that no statewide building code was needed.
    Parnell told reporters after the override vote that his initial focus for the money will be on making public buildings more energy efficient…
    ——————-
    Jim-

    Somedays this being a regular person on the street waiting for news and information gets old, doesn’t it?
    As to particulars, I guess we wait some more…

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