Alaska Senate passes capital budget

    The Alaska State Capitol in downtown Juneau.

    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.

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