Alaska Budget Lead says Marriage with Construction Husband not an Issue

Published By : 16 Feb 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The Alaskan construction budget’s US$150 million is currently making its way through the Legislature. At the same time, the new chairman of the committee said that her marriage with the head of a construction industry group will be a non-issue as far as budget placements are concerned.

The R-Eagle River, Senator Anna MacKinnon, was vouched for by her colleagues, who said they have full faith in her ethics while she maintains authority over the state’s expenditures on the state’s spending on construction projects and capital. The Senator has only been married for a few months. Her husband John MacKinnon is the executive director of Associated General Contractors of Alaska.

Both Democrats and Republicans said in their interviews that they did not believe the 57 year old Senator would allow her marriage to get in the way of her job. They also undermined her role over the year in which capital spending is planned to be severely cut. The cuts happen while legislators are attempting to close a multibillion-dollar budget deficit.

 Senator Berta Gardener responded that she think Anna to be the top choice for her position. The D-Anchorage and the state’s minority leader said that she has full confidence in MacKinnon’s personal integrity.

MacKinnon was picked late in the previous year by her colleagues to co-chair the Finance Committee of the Senate. She replaced the R-Anchorage Senator Kevin Meyer who is currently the Senate President.

MacKinnon is currently responsible for the committee’s work on the capital budget in context to its public works and spending. Senator Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks and the co-chair to the committee is in charge of the operating budget that pays for the state agencies.
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