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Senate unveils bare bones capital budget

...left out was about $100 million in software improvements in the departments of Administration and Revenue. Palin's budget director, Karen Rehfeld, said those may have to wait, but more immediate needs that were axed include $8 million in...
Senate prepares to pass operating budget

...where we need to control the growth of government," said finance co-chairman Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel. Palin's Budget Director Karen Rehfeld said the administration will ask to have some of those positions restored when the Senate takes...
Supplemental budget contains savings plan for surplus

...projects that have gone through the public process at the local level and have local support," Hoffman said. Palin's budget director Karen Rehfeld described lawmakers' decision to add the vetoed projects as unusual and unfortunate. "We had...
School funding sails out of Senate Finance

...Gov. Sarah Palin has asked for a $200 increase but efforts to make that change on the House Floor failed. Palin's Budget Director Karen Rehfeld predicts the new funding won't be enough to keep pace with the needs of school districts, and...
Palin cuts veteran cemetery money in, but didn't understand some other projects - such as warm storage buildings - which weren't cut. Palin's budget director Karen Rehfeld said the governor supports the project, but thought the funding could wait a year. The state...
Budget change slashes Marine Exchange funds

...expected a reduction, not a total wipeout," said Capt. Ed Page, executive director of the Marine Exchange. Palin's budget director, Karen Rehfeld, said the Marine Exchange provides a valued service, but it is not part of state government...
Palin offers 'prudent' budget

Gov. Sarah Palin rolled out her proposed budget for next year in Juneau on Monday.
Legislators still wary of state hiring freeze

...address Jan. 22, included an exemption for public safety employees and others on a case-by-case basis. Palin's budget director, Karen Rehfeld, defended the freeze before the committee, but was unable to provide any estimates on how much...
State hiring freeze will affect about 200 Juneau jobs

...paid for solely through Alaska's General Fund will be subject to the freeze, according to Karen Rehfeld, Palin's budget director. Of those jobs, 360 are in Anchorage, 75 in Fairbanks and 205 are positioned in Juneau. "We know (the state's...
Capital budget continues to grow

...state funds. The rest are federal dollars. "A lot of people are scouring this bill," said Karen Rehfeld, Palin's budget director. "There are a lot of moving parts, and we are just going to have to spend some time trying to figure out what...


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