[Update 6/27/11: Veto Still Possible– July 1 is the date by which Governor Parnell must make his decision on whether or not to veto all or part of the $3 million for the Borough’s stove change-out program, see Bill History for SB 46. If you haven’t yet contacted the Governor, do it now.]
Don’t let Governor Parnell veto the $3 million in the Capital Budget for the Borough’s stove change-out program.
Governor Sean Parnell is currently weighing vetoes of $400 million from the $3.2 billion Capital Budget. Governor Parnell is using a number of factors to evaluate which projects to cut. His first priority is to keep those that address “life and safety concerns.”
The stove change-out program is vital to help reduce winter fine particulate (PM 2.5) air pollution. Residents have reported hundreds of life and safety concerns from smoke pollution in recent years. Read it here: 230 Reports of Life and Safety Impacts from PM 2.5 Pollution PDF [563KB]
Make no mistake, our winter smoke pollution is a pressing life and safety concern for residents of our community.
Alert: Cut Smoke, Not Smoke Relief!
Call the Governor’s office today: 451-2920
What to say:
- I live in (e.g: Fairbanks, North Pole, Moose Creek) where winter PM 2.5 pollution has harmed me. (Describe how smoke has affected your life and safety.)
- To protect my life and safety, the FNSB stove change-out program is vital.
- I support budget responsibility, but protecting the life and safety of residents and visitors must be a top priority.
- Please don’t veto the FNSB stove change-out funding from the Capital Budget.
Follow-up with an email to Governor Sean Parnell <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
CC the Interior Delegation, the Assembly, and Mayor Luke Hopkins
Please CC or BCC <email@example.com>. Thank you!
$3 million for “Fairbanks North Star Borough – Wood Stove Conversion Program” is in the Capital Budget bill, House CS for CS for Senate Bill No. 46 (FIN), page 31.
Senate Bill 46 has not yet been transmitted to the Governor. Track SB 46’s current status here. Once transmitted, the Governor has 20 days to veto or sign a bill. If not vetoed or signed, the bill automatically becomes law.
The Governor is currently weighing his choices and may finalize some decisions as soon as the Capital Budget bill reaches his desk. Read more: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Parnell’s budget plans may mean $400 million in vetoes, 5/26/2011.
The Borough Assembly has begun to consider changes to the stove change-out program including expanding current limitations on eligibility. Read more: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Commission recommends more funding for Fairbanks’ wood stove program, 5/26/2011.