Juneau, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Senate has passed what a key lawmaker calls a skinny capital budget that largely leverages federal dollars for infrastructure and water projects.
The total package, which includes some supplemental spending items for the current budget year, totals about $1.4 billion. The vast majority of that is federal money.
The measure includes about $70 million for deferred maintenance; $3 million for current-year costs due to nursing shortages within the Department of Corrections and $2.5 million for a south Denali visitor center.
It also allows the Alaska Gasline Development Authority to accept up to $25 million in third-party funds for ongoing work on a federal review of that project.
The bill passed unanimously and next goes to the House.