Newsminer: Palin cuts money for energy research

From the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer May 29, 2008

A new energy research center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is looking for alternative funding after Gov. Sarah Palin last week vetoed a $1.5 million state and federal appropriation for the center.

Palin’s budget director Karen Rehfeld said Wednesday the governor was concerned about the growth of the state’s operating budget and wanted to let the Alaska Energy Authority complete its statewide energy plan.

“Energy clearly is a huge priority for the state,” Rehfeld said, “but I think the governor wanted the other work to get done before we start deciding where we want to invest energy dollars.”

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