Dunleavy Administration’s FY 23 budget prioritizes public safety, PFD, education and infrastructure Budget priorities are met again without new jobs damaging taxes


Governor Mike Dunleavy today released the FY2023 Budget (FY23), continuing his commitment to invest in priorities most important to Alaskans such as public safety, education, infrastructure development and PFD. The budget was prepared with input from all state departments and continues the trend of a smaller government with a 7% decrease in overall state spending compared to the fiscal year 19 budget.

“The budget is more than a collection of numbers and financial data, it reflects both the values ​​and aspirations of the Alaskans for whom it was created.” Governor Dunleavy said. “Ensuring the safety of Alaskans, educating our children for the challenges ahead, developing infrastructure and creating jobs are the political objectives embedded in the spending plan. He also continues to focus on funding the PFD in a manner consistent with the expectations of Alaskans. The 2022 PFD, based on the 50/50 Constitutional Amendment of the Permanent Fund, will distribute over $ 2,500 to each eligible Alaskan, without imposing new taxes. Funding is also provided to make the 2021 overdue payment. This PFD approach will eventually engage the people through a constitutional amendment that will protect them for future generations.

Governor Dunleavy’s FY23 budget includes:

Payment for 2022 PFD and payment for the remainder of 2021 PFD

  • $ 1.7 billion for a 2022 PFD payment of $ 2,564 to all eligible Alaskans. The amount reflects the 50/50 dividend plan proposed by the Governor
  • $ 795.6 million to fund the remainder of the 2021 PFD using the 50/50 plan
  • Does not exceed 5% POMV draw for 2022 PFD or 2021 PFD remaining (estimated at $ 1,200 for each eligible Alaskan)

Public security

  • $ 2.9 million for an increase of 10 new village public safety officer positions and to give existing VPSOs a 5% increase – with the overall goal of increasing VPSOs to 100
  • 15 new Alaska State Trooper positions (ownership will be worked out with lawmakers in the 2022 session)
  • $ 5.1 million to purchase new equipment for body cameras and vehicle cameras for law enforcement
  • $ 750,000 to fully fund new state criminal prosecutor positions in the Department of Law
  • $ 1.0 million for Alaska Department of Corrections additional support staff to assist correctional officers
  • $ 1.8 million in additional funding to the Alaska court system for audio / video equipment to resume jury trials and a full five-day work week
  • $ 1.4 million to increase reservation capacity at Hiland Correctional Center
  • $ 6.3 million for family violence and sexual assault prevention programs

“The Alaska Department of Public Safety and Alaska State Soldiers are committed to our mission of ensuring public safety and enforcing fishing and hunting laws throughout the world. ‘Alaska. Public safety is the number one job of the Dunleavy administration, and this new initiative is proof of that ”, said James Cockrell, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Public Safety. “These additional resources to address the high rates of domestic violence, sexual assault, human sex trafficking, MMIP and other significant issues impacting Alaskans are welcome in our efforts to make Alaska a safer place to live, work and raise a family. “

Defense of the State

  • $ 10 million increase for state defense program
  • Alaska must fight President Biden’s efforts to shut down our resource-based economy

General Transportation and Infrastructure Obligation – $ 310 million

Ports and Harbors:

  • $ 175 million – Knik Arm Port Infrastructure
  • $ 10 million – Port of Nome Deep Draft Port Project
  • $ 8.3 million – Craig Harbor Improvements
  • $ 5 million – Seward freight wharf expansion and corridor upgrades

Land transportation :

  • $ 25 million – Juneau Access Project
  • $ 22 million – Northern access to the university medical district

Airports:

  • $ 14.1 million – Wasilla airport runway and terminal
  • $ 7.5 million – Ketchikan International Airport Terminal
  • $ 6.5 million – Taxiway construction at Warren “Bud” Woods Palmer Municipal Airport

Education, public safety and community infrastructure projects:

  • $ 18.5 million – University of Alaska Fairbanks – Modernization and renewal of Bartlett Hall and Moore Hall
  • $ 5 million – Nenana Fire Station
  • $ 5 million – Craig Mariculture Infrastructure
  • $ 6.5 Million – Kenai River Bluff Stabilization

Transport

  • $ 200-250 million to replace the Tustumena with federal road funds
  • New AMHS Budget Creates Unconstrained Sailing Schedule Allowing All AMHS Vessels to Operate While Maximizing Use of Federal Transportation Dollars
  • All-Alaska Highway Safety Initiative – aims to improve crash rates starting with the 15-mile section of the Seward Highway between Potter Marsh and Bird Creek

“This budget invests in transportation for Alaska, improving safety, supporting our economy, connecting our communities and creating jobs. A safe and efficient transportation system benefits everyone, our families, our businesses and our industries ”, said Ryan Anderson, commissioner for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Resource development

  • $ 4.9 million for state primacy over federal permits for wetlands under the Clean Water Act
  • $ 830,000 for hazardous waste mitigation under the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

Education K-12

  • 100% school bond debt repayment ($ 79 million) to 18 local governments for school construction bonds adopted in 2014 and earlier ($ 79 million)
  • Full funding for the basic student allowance formula
  • Full funding for the construction and maintenance of schools in regional school attendance zones
  • $ 54.9 million to replace Napakiak School, due to erosion of the Kuskokwim River

Energy

  • Full funding for the electricity cost equalization program
  • $ 1.5 million for electric vehicle infrastructure
  • $ 2.5 million to fund an AEA strategic plan for railway belt assets to improve electricity transmission and make the grid more reliable and resilient
  • $ 17 million for the rural electricity grid modernization program
  • $ 5.5 million for the Bulk Fuel Upgrades program

University of Alaska

  • The third year of the Compact UA is canceled
  • $ 22.8 million in federal ARPA funds for new UAF critical minerals, heavy oil and unmanned aircraft research programs
  • $ 94 million in federal grants for the UAF Seward Marine Center

Highlights of the capital budget

  • $ 5 million for tourism marketing campaign to attract more tourists to Alaska
  • $ 72.3 million in total, $ 19.5 million UGF for drinking water systems in rural communities
  • $ 6.9 million allocated to maintain the Palmer wastewater treatment plant

The fiscal year 23 operating, mental health and capital budget totals $ 4.6 billion in unallocated general funds (UGF), $ 912 million in designated general funds (DGF), $ 792 million in other state funds and $ 4.6 billion in federal funding with the total of all funds at $ 10.9 billion.

Governor Dunleavy added, “Alaska’s improved income outlook means we have the freedom to continue to strengthen essential state services and programs that make significant differences in the quality of life for all Alaskans. I look forward to speaking with the people of Alaska over the next few months on how this will move Alaska forward and working with the members of the Alaska Legislative Assembly to pass this budget and a plan. sustainable and affordable budget that includes a 50/50 constitutional amendment to preserve and protect the PFD. If we’re all prepared to compromise and learn from each other, we can make 2022 the year Alaska made some tough, but correct decisions. ”

With an emphasis on public safety, a fair and substantial PFD, education and infrastructure as budget priorities, the governor’s proposed budget continues to continue the downward trend in state spending since coming into effect. function. This budget puts Alaska on the right track to rebuild and prosper in fiscal 2023 and into the future.

Click here for the FY23 Budget FAQ sheet.

Click here for additional budget documents on the OMB website.

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