I want to commend Governor Parnell for his insight and forward thinking pertaining to the deferred maintenance of Alaska's State owned facilities, especially during this critical time of uncertainty regarding Federal participation. We as tax payers have invested too much into these buildings and transportation systems to allow them to deteriorate beyond safe usage while waiting for the Feds to pick up the tab. As the Governor identified it is time for Alaska to invest state monies beyond matching funds to ensure safe passage of public and commerce through our buildings and over our highways and bridges. Not only will Alaska's citizens benefit from the use of these facilities, they will also benefit from the employment opportunities provided during the design and construction of these projects. This initiative deserves serious consideration.
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