House falls short in capital budget funds

    The Alaska State Capitol in downtown Juneau.

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska House has passed a state infrastructure budget but fell short of the support needed to fund major provisions.

    Minority House Republicans, some of whom supported passage of the capital budget, nonetheless voted against tapping the constitutional budget reserve to help cover costs. Three-fourths support is needed to access the reserve fund.

    House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt had said he couldn't see members of his caucus supporting a draw from the reserve fund without funding for an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend settled.

    A proposed amendment to pay a full dividend of about $3,000 to residents from permanent fund earnings failed earlier in the day.

    The capital budget and dividend are the unresolved items in this special session, which is set to expire Friday.

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