Governor Certifies Transportation
Projects for Economic Stimulus Funds
March 12, 2009
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today signed and submitted the certification
required under Section 1201 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act (ARRA) to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation
(DOT), Ray LaHood. The ARRA requires states to maintain the
same level of state funding for transportation projects that
was planned prior to the passage of ARRA.
Governor Palin submitted a FY2009 federal economic stimulus supplemental
bill to legislators on February 24 that requests $461.1 million
in authorization for aviation, transit, highway, and bridge projects
that will provide jobs and infrastructure improvements in Alaska.
The first transportation project - a pier and causeway project
in Gustavus using roughly $7 million in economic stimulus funds
to match approximately $14 million in federal and state funds
- has already gone to bid.
"The state Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
(DOT&PF) has worked closely with the federal transportation
agencies to understand the requirements of the stimulus package
and be able to meet the accelerated timelines for use of the
funds," Governor Palin said. "This certification assures
the secretary of transportation that Alaska will not supplant
state-funded projects with federal economic stimulus funds.
Stimulus dollars will generate new private sector jobs in Alaska
to work on infrastructure projects."
The governor also signed a delegation of authority required under
Section 1511 of the ARRA to Commissioner Von Scheben of the Alaska
Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. The delegation
ensures that the full review and vetting required by law through
the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program is conducted
for the infrastructure projects funded by the ARRA and that the
investments are appropriate uses of taxpayer dollars.
"The commissioner and his staff have worked diligently through
the federal process to meet these requirements and will now be
working closely with the legislature to seek funding authorization
through the budget process," Governor Palin said.
The governor also signed an agreement with the U.S. Department
of Labor that will provide Alaska residents receiving unemployment
insurance benefits with a temporary $25 hike in their weekly
benefit as part of the federal economic stimulus package. The
$25 additional benefit continues through the end of 2009 with
a phase out for existing claims through July 3, 2010.
On the Web:
Federal economic stimulus
Federal economic stimulus package is also available on the Alaska
Office of Management & Budget website
Alaska DOT&PF Economic
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