Bill to limit state spending introduced
March 22, 2021
House Bill 141 was formally introduced during a floor session by Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage) who chairs the Ways and Means Committee
Quoting a press release, while the state has an existing spending limit, the cap is ineffective because it was enacted at the height of Alaska’s oil boom at a time when spending was unsustainably high. The new proposal would modernize the spending limit by limiting spending to the average of the past three fiscal years, adjusted modestly for changes to population and inflation.
“Alaska’s budget crisis can only be solved with creative, comprehensive solutions,” Representative Spohnholz said. “That includes the need for new revenue to meet Alaskans’ needs for essential government services like public education, public safety, courts, and road maintenance. However, keeping our spending under check is a major piece of the puzzle, and this bill will create a framework for the governor and legislature to craft sustainable budgets as a part of a comprehensive fiscal plan.”
HB 141 makes an exception for school bond debt reimbursement as well as any appropriations needed for emergency disaster declarations. The bill has been referred to Ways and Means and Finance committees.
Edited By Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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