Better jobs, schools top the list
January 11, 2005
"Everyone knows that the smaller the class, the better the learning," said Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis. "We want the best schools we can get, and that means making classes smaller by supplying more teachers. The state should help make that happen."
"The gas pipeline is the best chance for good jobs," said House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz. "A gas contract has to mean jobs for Alaskans."
The 21 members of the Democratic caucus also said that using some of the expected oil revenue windfall to pay back money spent by the legislature last year is high on their list.
Finally, the Democratic legislators vowed to keep up the pressure on state officials to behave ethically.
"There's been a lot of
foot-dragging on Gregg Renkes," said Sen. Hollis French.
"The governor needs to tell us what he's going to do about
it, and when. This has gone on long enough."
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