During the campaign for governor, the major candidates - including Gov. Sarah Palin -- talked about the need for ethics reform.
Right now, for example, the Alaska Public Offices Commission, the watchdog agency that keeps track of how much money politicians get for their campaigns and where the money comes from, doesn’t have a full time investigator.
APOC Director Brooke Miles said this September that an extra $100,000 in her budget would allow the agency to fill two lost jobs, including the investigator post.
So is that money in the budget the Palin administration is preparing to introduce at the end of the week?
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell said today it’s too early to say, and that Palin will release the budget on Friday. “Until then, nothing is going to be final.”
Asked if Palin’s budget will be much different than what Murkowski had in mind, Parnell said: “I can assure you that Gov. Palin intends to keep her campaign promises and she will endeavor to spend less. That’s part of her promise to Alaskans.”
Palin just e-mailed a statement, by the way, saying she’ll announce more cabinet appointments tomorrow.