What a long, arduous final week it has been. But somehow we managed to wrap up another session. I am not happy about the size of the capital budget but I have to admit I also put district priorities into it as well. Some of the district projects that were funded were for the Homer Electric wind project, senior citizen centers for Ninilchik and Nikiski, road money for the borough and other road projects, the Sterling community center, the Nikiski fire Department building, dune protection on the Kasilof River and the Kenai Peninsula State Fair projects. The bond package will include the Kenai Peninsula College technical center and student housing which were high on my list of what I would like to see accomplished.
The other major accomplishments were legislation that passed this session. My focus at the end was to get the In-state Gasline Project Plan, House Bill 369, through the Senate. I am very proud of all those who contributed to make this bill a reality and now the work will begin for the development team. Also passed were two pieces of legislation to incentivize exploration for Cook Inlet gas, House Bill 280 and Senate Bill 309.
I was very pleased that we were able to accomplish so much this session, but I now look forward to returning home. I get on the ferry this morning and hopefully will arrive back home in a couple of days.
It was an honor to be able to serve the residents of District 34 and I look forward to seeing many of you this summer. Please call me at my Kenai office if you have questions, comments or concerns about our district and this past legislative session. My office number is 283-7223 or email me at email@example.com.
Have a great summer.