The Alaska Legislature voted Monday to override former Gov. Sarah Palin’s veto of $28 million in federal stimulus money for energy cost relief. But it was as close as a vote can get.
Reversing a governor’s appropriation veto requires a vote of 75 percent of the Legislature, a hurdle rarely met. The override passed 45 to 14 and if a single other legislator had voted against it or been absent from the special session, it would have failed.
Supporters argued Palin badly overstated the “strings” attached to taking the money, and that frigid Alaska could use the assistance.
“Instead of being the last state in the union to take this money we should have been the first,” said Bethel Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman. “We live in the coldest state in the union and we should be setting the standard in efficiencies and how energy is being used throughout this state.”