Governor Asked To Help Alaskans
October 21, 2005
Representative Bill Thomas (R-Haines) has sent a letter to Alaska
Governor Frank Murkowski requesting that the Governor's office
develop an energy assistance plan to put before the legislature
in the upcoming session.
Representative Thomas, a member
of the Alaska State Legislature, is asking that a fuel assistance
program be established for school districts and communities throughout
the state. He is also requesting a supplemental appropriation
of $40 million for the Power Cost Equalization Fund, a $40 million
appropriation to the Four Dam Pool Power Agency and an $80 million
appropriation to the Railbelt Energy Fund.
Alaska are facing higher than normal fuel costs this fall and
winter. It is my hope that the legislature and Governor Murkowski
will do everything possible to ease the burden on individuals
and school systems," said Representative Thomas.
The letter was sent to Governor
Murkowski late last week.
Representative Thomas' letter:
October 13, 2005
Honorable Frank Murkowski
P.O. Box 110001
Juneau, AK 99811
Dear Governor Murkowski:
I respectfully request that
you develop an energy assistance plan to be reviewed by the Legislature
during the upcoming legislative session. The devastation of high
fuel prices can be seen in urban and rural areas alike. Therefore,
it is crucial that Alaska's government develop a fuel assistance
program for our unincorporated and incorporated communities,
as well as our school districts.
I would like to see a supplemental
appropriation in the amount of $40 million to be granted to the
Power Cost Equalization Fund. This fiscal year began with a pro-rated
amount of 81% for this fund and I understand the number is likely
to be downgraded again this fall. Our communities cannot withstand
another cut to this vital program. I am also requesting that
$40 million be appropriated to the Four Dam Pool Power Agency
and $80 million be appropriated to the Railbelt Energy Fund to
assist them with their increasing costs.
Also, our school districts
are under funded and cannot keep up with the skyrocketing cost
of fuel. As their operating costs increase, the money they have
left to devote to the education of our children diminishes. I
would like to see a fuel supplemental granted to the school districts
which is based on the foundation formula. The foundation formula
bases funding on the size of a school district and I believe
this would be an appropriate measure from which to base this
I am concerned about the burden
all Alaskans are feeling as the cost of fuel continues to rise.
Alaska is in a crisis and we cannot continue to ignore it. Once
again, I ask that you consider proposing some form of energy
dividend to help our incorporated and unincorporated communities
and school districts this winter.
Representative Bill Thomas
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