Four Fairbanks area House members have scheduled a community meeting for Wednesday night to discuss the local and state impacts of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's veto Friday of more than $400 million from the fiscal 2020 state operating budget.

The new fiscal year started Monday.

Republican Reps. Steve Thompson and Bart LeBon and Democratic Reps. Adam Wool and Grier Hopkins are holding the meeting in the theater of the Pioneer Park Civic Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hopkins organized the meeting.

The four lawmakers are in the House Majority Coalition.

Each of the four will make a brief presentation and then will take questions.

Thompson, the House majority leader, said he expects a good turnout.

"I feel it's more like an outlet for the public to voice concerns or dislike," he said. "I'm sure we will have some that will show up and say 'back the governor.'"

When asked if the meeting was an anti-veto gathering, Thompson said it isn't.

"I know where I'm at. I'm an Alaskan for over 50 years and have been through these roller-coasters," he said in an interview Monday evening. "But I feel this could really devastate our economy and put us into recession."

Elsewhere, Republican Rep. Dave Talerico, who is in the House minority, has a constituent meeting at the Pleasant Valley Community Center from 7-9 p.m. today. That meeting was scheduled prior to Friday's announcement of Dunleavy's vetoes.

Contact News-Miner Editor Rod Boyce at 459-7585. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMeditor

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