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Alaska gov. says he’s not threatening community

Updated Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 | 3:20 p.m.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says he wasn't threatening the Ketchikan Gateway Borough when he said its lawsuit against the state over school funding could "shade or color" reaction to community requests for state money for infrastructure projects.

Parnell told The Associated Press on Friday that the comments he made to reporters in Ketchikan about how he and lawmakers could view the borough's capital appropriations requests weren't intended to be retaliatory.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough's lawsuit seeks to strike down required local contributions to school districts, saying they're unfair.

The Republican governor says he simply gave an honest answer to the Ketchikan Daily News on Thursday, that it could be hard for legislators to separate the lawsuit from borough infrastructure requests.

But he said Friday that he has treated and will continue treating Ketchikan fairly.