Gov. Bill Walker was in Ketchikan on Tuesday for a visit, including an evening campaign event. During the day, Walker helped celebrate Ketchikan High School’s Academic Decathlon team, which recently won first place at the national competition, and stopped by KRBD to talk over some issues.

The governor is running for re-election this year. He talked with KRBD’s Leila Kheiry about some critiques he’s had from other candidates for his seat, and how the state budget process is shaping up, among other issues.

Here’s a portion of that interview: 

At the time of this interview, the Legislature was still finalizing the budget.

Walker told KRBD that he also visited the Vigor Alaska shipyard while in Ketchikan, and toured two new ferries constructed there. He has plans to travel to China in May to discuss Alaska’s trade ties with that country.