Governor Walker: “Passing a budget on time is not complicated. Other states do it on time. So can we.” Walker: “We make nothing on oil discovered but left in the ground. Access and production are key. We are now working to develop toll roads so exploration can take place 12 months a year rather than just in the winter months.” Governor Walker also highlighted some highlights for the upcoming year including the AK LNG project. The State leads the project for the first time, and the Joint Development Agreement – signed with the presidents of the U.S. and China at the table – puts the project the closest to reality it’s ever been. According to Walker one key primary focus of the legislature this year is to provide the infrastructure to develop our resources. “This is the customary role of government.” One of the Governor’s other key priorities this year is to permanently change the way work is done in the Capitol by enacting his proposed budgetary reforms and transparency measures – including his legislation that would enact pay freezes if they ever push the state to the brink of a government shutdown again. Governor Walker: “Even with the challenges ahead, I remain the eternal optimist, and there is good reason for optimism. We have all the tools to control our own destiny and build a safer, smarter, stronger Alaska.” This year, the state saw the highest dollar bids on North Slope lease sales in over 20 years. Story as aired: FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker, gave his fourth State of the State Address, on Thursday evening. During the address Governor Walker called on lawmakers to enable Alaska to control its own destiny by resolving our fiscal challenges during the legislative session that is now currently under way.