Funds for Veterans Cemetery Among Budgets Cuts by Gov. Palin

FAIRBANKS – A Fairbanks lawmaker is upset after Gov. Sarah Palin cut promised funding for a veterans cemetery in the Interior.

Sen. Joe Thomas, a Democrat, said he thought the project was finally moving forward after floundering a few years. But then the promised $250,000 was among the cuts Palin made this week.

Thomas said he appreciates the financial situation the state is 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 has planned to spend $250,000 a year over the next three years. That money has to be committed before the federal Veterans Administration will free up the other 90 percent of the project costs.

Capital City Weekly

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