Senate passes fast track

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The Alaska Senate voted 16-1 to pass a fast track spending bill that will provide funds for medicaid, prisons and the marine highway system.

    Senator Lyman Hoffman said the total amount of spending was $110 million.  This included $24 million for the Alaska Marine Highway System, $18 million for prisons to handle additional inmates and rising costs in inmate health care, and $45 million for medicaid funding.

    The Governor had requested $93 million for health and human services.  Sen. Hoffman said they did not match that request, "This budget pays for about half of that.  What it means is health providers can pay until mid May instead of halting the payments under the current FY 18 budget in mid April."

    The Senate also held a moment of silence to honor two men who are presumed dead on the Juneau Ice Field, George 'Ryan' Johnson, 34, of Juneau and Marc Andre Leclerc, 24, of  British Columbia.  Sen. Kevin Meyer said one of his staff members was related to Mr. Johnson.


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